Slain girl's father, sister miss funeral due to visa issues

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Posted: Jul 24, 2017 4:37 PM

KEANSBURG, N.J. (AP) — A Jamaican man who was denied a temporary visa to attend the funeral of his slain 11-year-old daughter in New Jersey says his heart is "torn apart."

Kenroy Smith talked to WCBS-TV from Jamaica. He echoed the sentiments expressed at Monday's service for AbbieGail Smith, who was remembered as Princess Abbie.

Smith and AbbieGail's sister, Kennish Smith, were unable to attend the funeral in Keansburg despite pleading with President Donald Trump.

Kenroy Smith was deported after a marijuana arrest in 2001. AbbieGail's sister says she wasn't told why her application was rejected.

The Department of State says it's prohibited from disclosing details about visa cases.

AbbieGail's body was found July 13 in a blanket near her apartment building. Authorities say she was stabbed by an 18-year-old neighbor, who's charged with murder.