'Her story is not over yet.' Family remembers Bridgeport murder victim as a friendly, caring mother

The family of Bridgeport murder victim Mita Dumeng spoke on camera for the first time since she was shot to death by a man who later took his own life.

News 12 Staff

Jun 4, 2022, 4:56 PM

Updated 713 days ago

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The family of Bridgeport murder victim Mita Dumeng spoke to News 12 Connecticut for the first time since she was shot to death by a man who later took his own life.
"Marisol still had her whole life ahead of her. It was cut short tragically and it shouldn't have," said the victim's sister, Yvette Velez, referring to Dumeng by her given name. "She was a very selfless person. She always had everyone's back."
Members of Dumeng's family showed their heavy hearts over their faces but found the strength to tell her story so those who didn't know her could understand just how special she was.
"She would open her doors to family, friends, and take them in and take care of them," Velez said.
Dumeng was killed on May 29 by a man in what officials describe as a case of domestic violence. He then killed himself in Tennessee after a standoff with police.
Velez and the other family members said they will remember Dumeng as the vibrant mother of four who was studying to become a nail technician.
"She was very active and social. She loved music," Velez said of her 30-year-old sister. "Her story is not over yet. Her story is continuing right now through her 16-year-old, through her 12-year-old and five and four-year old and because of them, she will continue to live," she said.
Dumeng's 16-year-old son said he will pull through with help from his family. He said wants his mother's legacy to be her caring heart that touched everybody she met.
In her memory, the family said they'll push for Mita's Law, legislation that will ensure domestic violence protection for victims like Dumeng, who they said did ask for protection from her killer.
"Victims of DV, of domestic violence need to be heard and need to be believed," Velez emphasized. "Her memory remains and people will always remember her and she will be the catalyst for change in our community."
State Sen. Richard Blumenthal met with Dumeng's family on Saturday and pledged to push for action on measures he says will reduce gun violence.


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