Slain girl’s fam­ily miss fu­neral due to visa is­sues

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

The fa­ther and sis­ter of a slain 11year-old New Jersey girl have missed her fu­neral be­cause their tem­po­rary visa ap­pli­ca­tions were de­nied. Dozens of peo­ple gath­ered Mon­day at St. Ann Ro­man Catholic Church in Keansburg for Ab­bieGail Smith’s fu­neral. Ken­roy Smith, the girl’s fa­ther, and her sis­ter Ken­nish Smith had pleaded with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to al­low them to leave Ja­maica to at­tend the ser­vice. Ken­roy Smith was de­ported af­ter a mar­i­juana ar­rest in 2001, while Ab­bieGail’s sis­ter says she wasn’t told why her ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected. The State Depart­ment says it is pro­hib­ited from dis­clos­ing de­tails about in­di­vid­ual cases. Ab­bieGail’s body was found July 13 in a blan­ket near the apart­ment build­ing where she lived. Au­thor­i­ties say she was stabbed by an 18-year-old neigh­bour, who is charged with mur­der.

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