This combo of pictures show Manal Assi, right, who was beaten to death by her husband Mohammad Nhaily, and the picture left, shows her with bruises all over her face at the hospital. (The Daily Star/HO)
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After several fruitless appeals to the police for help and attempts by neighbors to intervene, Assi was finally taken to the hospital, where she died hours later.According to a neighbor who has known Assi's and Nhaily's families for years, the two grew up living across the street from each other. Assi was only 15 when Nhaily proposed, although it was not an arranged marriage, the neighbor said.The neighbor disputed reports that it was the second marriage that sparked the fight that ended with Assi's death, countering that the families had been very close.Assi's family has reportedly warned them against returning or attempting to attend the funeral.Badran refuted claims that Nhaily had laid hands on Assi before.At a news conference held Friday afternoon by the National Meeting on the Elimination of Discrimination, lawyer Wafiqa Mansour al-Doueiri told activists and reporters that the state had failed to protect Assi and others like her.Geagea, a champion of the family violence law, condemned the "barbaric violence" committed against Assi and called for her killer to face the "severest punishment" possible.
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