Investigators examine a construction site behind Midtown Hotel in Beirut after the death of AUB student Nicole Assaf, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hasan)
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A civil engineering student at the American University of Beirut was found dead in an empty lot between a Beirut hotel and construction site, a security source said Wednesday.A source at Midtown denied that Assaf was a guest or resident at the hotel, which also rents rooms to students.A construction worker, standing behind barriers blocking entry to the unfinished building's yard, told The Daily Star that Assaf fell from the unfinished building, and not from the hotel.Friends of the victim said she came from Jbeil, north of Beirut, and lived in an apartment in Hamra with one roommate.A brilliant student, according to her friends, Assaf was ranked first in her civil engineering class in fall 2012 and spring 2013 .
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