Germany: thousands to attend student's funeral

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Posted: Dec 03, 2014 4:57 AM
Germany: thousands to attend student's funeral

WAECHTERSBACH, Germany (AP) — Thousands of mourners are expected at the funeral of a young woman who died after reportedly defending two teenage girls from male harassment.

Tugce Albayrak had been in a coma since mid-November following an altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach near Frankfurt. She died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support.

Albayrak's funeral will take place Wednesday at a mosque in Waechtersbach in central Germany.

The death of the Turkish-German woman triggered an outpouring of public sympathy in Germany. Many have called her a role model for helping victims of violence when others looked away.

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An uncle, Yasin Albayrak, told The Associated Press that "Tugce passed away in the spring of her life ... She did her best for mankind."