The father of a North Carolina teen who was kidnapped and killed was denied a temporary visa to attend her funeral.
More than 50,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org requesting permission for Hania Aguilar’s father, who is a citizen of Guatemala, to be allowed into the United States to “see his daughter one last time.”
But officials have denied the request.
“They said he doesn’t have enough ties to the country to issue him a temporary visa to go to Hania’s funeral,” The father’s attorney Naimeh Salem told WSOC-TV.
Family members are hopeful that officials will have a change of heart.
Aguilar, who was in eighth grade, was kidnapped Nov. 5 outside of her home while waiting for family members to drive her to school.
After weeks of investigation, her body was found Nov. 27 in a pond near her home.
No arrests have been made in connection with her death.
After learning about the disappearance and death of the 13-year-old, Time Out Communities, a property management company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wanted to do a nice deed for her family — and gifted them with a new mobile home.
“I wanted to try to give something to them to take away some of the pain. It’s not going to get her child back,” Time Out Communities Operations Manager Mitchell Hunt told ABC 11. “All I could think about was how her mom had to make that journey in and out of the mobile home park that the baby made coming out.”
The family was given the keys to a double-wide, four-bedroom and two-bathroom home about a mile from Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton.
“They were in tears,” Hunt said. “The two small kids wanted to stay here last night. One of them said they want a desk and a toy box.”