Last week, AbbieGail “Abbie” Smith’s body was found wrapped in a blanket on the rooftop of her New Jersey apartment building, having been brutally murdered by a neighbor.
Now, Abbie’s father, Kenroy Smith, and older sister, Kenish, who both live in Jamaica, are making a desperate plea to be allowed to come to the United States for Abbie’s funeral.
Unfortunately, Smith was deported from the United States 16 years ago over a drug charge and his visa remains in limbo.
Kenish learned Wednesday that her application for a temporary visa was rejected, even though she showed officials her sister’s death certificate and a letter from the prosecutor’s office about the murder. She added that officials at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, questioned her about her occupation as a cosmetologist and ties to her home country before informing her of their decision.
According to USA Today, Kenroy Smith said he will find out at some point on Friday whether his visa will be approved. In a new video from Jamaica, Smith begs President Trump for help in approving his visa so that he can pay his last respects to his little girl in person.
Another sister, Latisha Smith, who lives in Maryland, has been frantically writing emails to elected officials and visiting local immigration officials in an effort to help her father and sister be allowed to come to the United States for the funeral.
Andreas Erazo, who lived in an upstairs apartment from little AbbieGail Smith and her mother, has been charged with the murder and is being detained in the Monmouth County Jail.
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