Deported father denied visa to attend 11-year-old daughter's funeral in New Jersey

Kenroy and Abbiegail Smith
Kenroy and Abbiegail Smith
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A father is heartbroken after he was denied a visa to enter the United States, where was wanted to attend his young daughter's funeral.

Kenroy Smith lives with his adult daughter Kenish in Jamaica, while his younger daughter, Abbiegail "Abbi" Smith, lived with her mother in the United States.

Kenroy and Kenis applied for visas to travel to the U.S. to attend the funeral of Abbiegail after she was murdered, but their requests for visas were denied.

The family said that they reached out to many lawmakers and asked for help.

They wanted to get the girl's father and sister to the funeral so they can say goodbye to her before she is buried, but their requests were denied.

Kenroy lived in the United States before he was deported following a drug arrest.

His daughter, 11-year-old Abbiegail Smith, and her mother, moved to Keansburg, New Jersey.

Recently, Abbiegail went missing and her body was found wrapped in a blanket on a roof behind her apartment complex.

Abbiegail died from stab wounds to the neck. Police arrested her upstairs neighbor, 18-year-old Andreas Erazo, over her death.

Erazo was charged with her murder.