The father of a young girl who was kidnapped and murdered after she went outside to start her family's SUV has been denied a temporary visa to enter the U.S. for her funeral.
The body of Hania Aguilar, 13, was found weeks after she disappeared in early November from her home in North Carolina.
Her father, who lives in Guatemala, applied for a temporary visa but was denied. His lawyer says officials denied the visa because he "doesn't have enough ties to the country."
An online petition to allow him into the country garnered more than 50,000 signatures. The governor of North Carolina also said he would try to help.
As her family prepares for her funeral, supporters donated a home to her family, near the neighborhood where she was abducted.
In the meantime, Hania's killer has not been caught. The FBI and the state of North Carolina is offering a combined reward of $30,000 for information in the case.