KEANSBURG, N.J. – The father of a slain New Jersey girl pleaded with President Donald Trump to allow him and the girl's sister to attend the 11-year-old's funeral on Monday.
"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 U.S. 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."
The State Department said it is prohibited by law from disclosing details about individual visa cases.
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.
Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com