Petition urges visa so Hania Aguilar’s father can attend funeral

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LUMBERTON, NC (AP) — An online petition is urging government officials to allow the father of a slain North Carolina teenage girl to attend her funeral.

A petition on Change.org urging immigration officials to let the father of Hania Aguilar attend her funeral this week has more than 15,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. The petition says her father lives in Guatemala and would need an expedited visa to attend.

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“No parent should be denied the right to attend their child’s funeral, especially when Hania was a Citizen-born in Tennessee,” part of the petition read.

Police said they found Aguilar’s body last week after several weeks of searching.

Police say a man forced the teenager into an SUV and drove off. The SUV was found several miles south of her mobile home park. The body was found a few miles farther away.

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