Members of the Lumberton, North Carolina, community have rallied around the family of slain teen girl, Hania Aguilar, and with the help of a local real estate agency, assisted them in obtaining a safer, more spacious home.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 13-year-old Hania Aguilar disappeared from her the front driveway of her family’s single-wide mobile home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton, on November 5. Hania walked outside of the home to start up her aunt’s SUV at around 6:58 a.m. when an unknown man abducted her while she waited for a ride to school.
“When we heard about the family feeling unsafe in their current home, there was no doubt in our mind that we had to help!” Time Out Communities, the real estate agency who donated the home, wrote on Facebook. “For us it is a small gesture compared to all of the hardship they have and are still going through but, it has made a huge impact on them and the community.”
Time Out Communities, as a company, believes in giving back to those in need. Our entire goal is to provide nice, clean and safe communities. When we heard about the family feeling unsafe in their current home, there was no doubt in our mind that we had to help! For us it is a small gesture compared to all of the hardship they have and are still going through but, it has made a huge impact on them and the community.We are asking all of our Facebook followers to step up and help this family out! Gerome Chavis of We the People Robeson County has created a campaign to Adopt-A-Room, so when the family moves in they can relax and feel comfortable in their new space. Lets come together as one big community and give this family a little bit of piece of mind.Furniture Donations can be delivered to 4570 Old Allenton Road. Lumberton NC 28358 between the hours of 3:00pm-6:00pm. If you have donations that need to be picked up, please message us directly.We are also asking to please maintain privacy of the family so we do not put their safety in jeopardy. Please report anything you may know to the authorities.LUMBERTON, lets step up and help this family out! #ForHania
Posted by Time Out Communities on Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Robeson County School District, along with numerous community members, surprised Hania’s family on Tuesday when they presented them with a double-wide, four-bedroom home with ample space for the children in the family to play.
“Mom and dad, they cried, they were happy, they were so thankful,” Robeson County School District, Dr. Shanita Wooten, told the outlet. “The girls, they immediately started saying this is our home. They ran throughout all the rooms picking out the rooms.”
Along with six months of free rent, the family will likely be given furnishing for the home. The community is currently gathering furniture and asking the public to donate household items. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Locklear said items specifically being sought include things for Hania’s siblings.
“An office area, bookshelves for their books and a bookshelf for their teddy bears,” Locklear explained.
Household items donations are being taken at 4570 Old Allenton Road in Lumberton.
Meanwhile, authorities continue to look for the person who killed Hania. The suspect dressed himself in all black with a yellow bandana covering his face before approaching Hania, making it difficult for witnesses to give police a detailed description. Further, the man forced Hania into her aunt’s SUV and drove away within minutes, before anyone could stop him. Investigators found the SUV a few days later, abandoned several miles away from the mobile home park.
Security camera footage released a few days after Hania disappeared showed a man walking toward the Rosewood Mobile Home Park on the same morning and around the time Hania was kidnapped. He wore a hoodie, a light shirt, and light shoes.
Although authorities have not named the man in the video as a suspect, they want to speak with him, but he has not come forward. Earlier this month, forensic psychologist Michael Teague told WRAL that people should watch the video closely, as the way the man walks and his clothing could possibly lead to his identity.
Anyone with credible information on the case should contact the tip line authorities set up specifically for Hania’s case at 910-272-5871. Tipsters can also leave anonymous leads in “crime drop boxes” set up in different Lumberton locations.
[Feature Photo: Hania Aguilar/Handout]