Mujey Dumbuya, 16, was last seen Jan. 24 in Grand Rapids, and her body was found in a wooded area about 50 miles from her home on Jan. 28, according to Kalamazoo Police.
"We are heartbroken, devastated and overwhelmed with grief over the death of our beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and cousin," her family said in a statement to WOOD. "Mujey was a generous, energetic young woman with a radiant smile and an adventurous spirit. (She) was a very good student who loved school. She had a close circle of friends, and was loved by everyone that knew her. Mujey loved music and dancing. She took classes in dance, martial arts and archery. Mujey was looking forward to graduating from high school next year. She wanted to be a police officer to help fight against social injustice, including racism."