The eighth grade was kidnapped from her driveway on November 5 in Lumberton, about 95 miles from Raleigh. An abductor…
The eighth grade was kidnapped from her driveway on November 5 in Lumberton, about 95 miles from Raleigh. An abductor forced her to a relative’s idle SUV and drove off, leading to an Amber Alert.
Hania’s body was found last week in water from a rural road in Robeson County, while the stolen SUV was abandoned less than 10 miles from home, the authorities said.
Michael Ray McLellan, 34, has been charged with 10 felonyms, including first-degree murder and statutory rape by a person under the age of 15, Shelley Lynch, public information for the FBI Charlotte office, said in a statement.
McLellan was already in detention in connection with a state democrat at the Robeson County Detention Center early Saturday. He is held there without binding.
McLellan’s first legal appearance is expected Monday morning. It is unclear what he was in jail for and how long before the recent charges.
When Hania was charged to sleep on Saturday in North Carolina her father will be nearly 3000 kilometers away.
The US government department has denied a temporary visa for Noé Aguilar to travel from Guatemala to participate in services for her, according to the father’s lawyer.
“I had hoped they would find it in their hearts to let me be there for the death of my death,” said Aguilar CNN in a short phone call Friday.
“It’s very sad. She was my princess. She will always be my princess.”
Immigration lawyer Naimeh Salem said that the US embassy officials in Guatemala denied the temporary visa on the grounds that Aguilar “did not have enough ties to his homeland, Guatemala.”
“It’s not true,” she said. “He has a family there and his own company.”
Salem said that her client has requested a visa interview but not heard from the US embassy officials in Guatemala.
Talesman Marlo Cross-Durant, State Department, said that data on individual visa cases are confidential.
“All visa applications are determined on a case by case basis in accordance with the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and other applicable laws,” said her statement.
“Department of The state is doing everything to facilitate legitimate travel by international visitors. We are also fully committed to managing US immigration laws and ensuring the integrity and security of our country’s borders. “
In a letter, North Carolina Roy Roy Cooper asked the US ambassador in Guatemala to rethink the visa application decision so that Hania’s father can join others in the mourning of her death.
“As you can imagine, the family is destroyed by the loss of such a promising young lady who was loved by her family, friends and was one of the best students in her class,” wrote Cooper.
Hania’s grandfather and a mother’s aunt got temporary visas to attend the funeral, according to the lawyer.
“This hurts,” said Aguilar. “This is not a visa for sightseeing or staying in the country. I’m doing well in my own country. I have a job here. I just wanted to bury my daughter for a day or two.”
Aguilar said that he last saw his daughter in 2005. He said they were talking on the phone and her mother talked to him about her daughter and sent pictures. Salem said that Aguilar had lived in the United States and moved back to Guatemala when Hania was an infant.
Aguilar said he is not sure what he will do Saturday at the funeral.
“Maybe I’m going to get lost somewhere,” he said. “I do not know how to handle it. I’ll either stay home or take a long walk alone.”
CNN’s Tina Burnside, Justin Gamble and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.