- A Jamaican man's daughter was brutally killed in the US
- The US embassy in Jamaica denied him a visa, citing a previous arrest
- He therefore missed his daughter's funeral
A Jamaican man has missed the funeral of his daughter, who was brutally killed in the US, after being denied a visa.
Kenroy smith was distraught to learn that his daughter Abigail, 11, was stabbed to death after her mother reported her missing on July 13.
Police found her body wrapped in a blanket on the roof of her mother's apartment complex in New Jersey. They are holding a neighbor who confessed to the murder.
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Kenroy travelled to the US embassy in Kingston on July 29 to apply for a visa along with Abigail's step sister.
However, the embassy rejected their application citing his previous arrest for drug possession and his subsequent deportation to Jamaica.
Kenroy directly appealed to US President Donald Trump to intervene, but his appeal appears to have gone unanswered.
He still hopes to gain entry to the US to attend the suspect's trial. In an interview, he said: “I’m a loving father. I preach love. I have to see justice served. Please, I have to see where she was killed. I want to look into the killer’s face.”
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