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Visa denied for father of slain North Carolina teen

Anita Hunt, left, and her son Anthony Hunt, give an interview November 28, 2018 after attending a press conference regarding Hania Aguilar's death. Hunt said a son of hers had been missing for three years and wanted to offer her support and understanding to the Aguilar family. (Melissa Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The father of a North Carolina teen who was kidnapped and killed has been denied a visa to attend his daughter’s funeral.

News outlets report quote Naimeh Salem, an attorney for the father of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, as saying the father was denied because he “doesn’t have enough ties to the country.” Services are set for Saturday in Lumberton.

A Change.org petition urging approval of a visa for the Guatemalan citizen got more than 50,000 signatures.

Police say a man forced the teenager into an SUV and drove off on Nov. 5. Her body was found last week.

A $30,000 reward remains in place for information related to the kidnapping.

Her family has received a new mobile home about a mile away to help them make a new start.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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