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Slain Girl's Father Pleads With Trump for Visa for Funeral

Kenroy Smith was deported for a drug offense 16 years ago
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 21, 2017 3:16 PM CDT
Slain Girl's Father Pleads With Trump for Visa for Funeral
Crime scene tape surrounds the Hancock Arms Apartment complex where the body of 11-year-old Abbiegail "Abby" Smith was found in the morning behind the complex Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Keansburg, N.J.   (Thomas P. Costello via AP)/The Asbury Park Press via AP)

The father of a slain New Jersey girl pleaded with President Trump to allow him and the girl's sister to attend the 11-year-old's funeral on Monday, the AP reports. "Please let me see my daughter for the last day before she goes under," Kenroy Smith told the Asbury Park Press. The visa application for AbbieGail Smith's sister to leave Jamaica was denied and his remains in limbo. He was deported from the US on a drug charge 16 years ago. Kennish Smith said she wasn't given a reason why her temporary visa application was rejected on Wednesday. "AbbieGail Smith needs her sister there at the moment," she said. "Who's going to stand up for us? We have no control. We can't do it on our own."

An 18-year-old neighbor is accused of stabbing AbbieGail Smith to death. Her body was found in blanket near the apartment building where she lived in Keansburg on July 13. Her mother had reported her missing the night before. "My dear little AbbieGail was taken away and I need to pay my last respects to her," Kenroy Smith said. "That's all I'm asking." Visitation is in Keansburg on Sunday afternoon, and a funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday. The State Department said it is prohibited by law from disclosing details about individual visa cases. (More visa stories.)

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