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Hania Aguilar’s dad can’t come to US for her funeral. A petition seeks to change that.

Lumberton police chief: ‘This is the outcome we all feared’

The FBI and Lumberton, North Carolina police confirm that a body found on Tuesday in Robeson County during their search for kidnapped 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar has now been positively identified as Hania, missing since Nov. 5.
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The FBI and Lumberton, North Carolina police confirm that a body found on Tuesday in Robeson County during their search for kidnapped 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar has now been positively identified as Hania, missing since Nov. 5.

Thirteen-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar was kidnapped from her Lumberton home nearly a month ago. After three weeks of searching, police found her dead in a body of water in town.

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Hania’s father lives in Guatemala and cannot attend her funeral without permission to have his travel expedited. So an online petition has been started to get him to the United States.

It has nearly 15,000 signatures.

The petition started on Change.org is directed to the Guatemalan embassy, Lumberton Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, President Donald Trump, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

“Murdered Hania Aguilar’s father is in Guatemala and he needs permission to be Expedited to the United States in order to see his daughter one last time, say his goodbyes and attend her funeral. No parent should be denied the right to attend their child’s funeral- especially when Hania was a Citizen-born in Tennessee,” the petition started by Monique Cespedes reads. “Somehow someway the involved agencies should be able to make this work given his family and daughter are victims of a brutal crime that took the life of his daughter.”

Dozens of people left notes of support on the petition.

“Her father should be here to say goodbye to his daughter. It’s the human thing to do & the right thing to do,” Marie Coley wrote.

“This was his child my god what kind of world do we live in, that we have to explain or make a petition for him to bury his child,” Angelica Munoz wrote.

“Every mother or father no matter where they are from should be able to see their loved one before going into the ground. I hope my petition makes a difference. God bless,” Christina Ramos wrote.

“He deserves to be with his daughter and lay her to rest. She deserves to have her father there for the last time,” Samantha Denna wrote.

“We failed Hania, and couldn’t save her. Please bring her father to her funeral. It is literally the least we could do,” Sayre Franke wrote.


As of Monday afternoon, the FBI and Lumberton Police Department had named no suspects in Hania’s kidnapping and death, and no one had been charged.


Elsa Hernandez, mother of Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13, who has been missing since kidnapped from her Lumberton, NC yard Monday morning, Nov. 5, 2018, talks with a reporter from Que Pasa.

Video released by the FBI asking the public's help to identify a person seen walking near the Rosewood Mobile Home Park on Monday, November 5, 2018 where Hania Noelia Aguilar was kidnapped.

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