Fa­ther of slain girl seeks visa to at­tend fu­neral

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

KEANSBURG, N.J. — The fa­ther of a slain New Jer­sey girl is plead­ing with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to al­low him and the girl’s sis­ter to at­tend the 11-year-old’s fu­neral on Mon­day.

Ken­roy Smith tells the As­bury Park Press the visa ap­pli­ca­tion for Ab­bie-Gail Smith’s sis­ter to leave Ja­maica was de­nied and his re­mains in limbo. He was de­ported from the U.S. on a drug charge 16 years ago.

Ken­nish Smith says she wasn’t given a rea­son why her tem­po­rary visa ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected on Wed­nes­day.

The State Depart­ment says it is pro­hib­ited by law from dis­clos­ing de­tails about in­di­vid­ual visa cases. An 18-year-old neigh­bour 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.

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