Tugce Albayrak, slain German woman, may get medal for aiding others

Germany's president is considering awarding a posthumous medal to a young woman killed after defending two teenage girls from male harassment.

Sanel M., 18-year-old man, is being held in custody

Tugce Albayrak is being hailed as a national hero for intervening when two teenage girls were harassed in Offenbach, Germany, last month. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa/The Associated Press)

Germany's president is considering awarding a posthumous medal to a young woman killed after defending two teenage girls from male harassment.

German news agency dpa reported Sunday that President Joachim Gauck was mulling the honour amid an outpouring of public outrage over the killing.

Tugce Albayrak's family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support and she died Friday, which was also her 23ird birthday. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa/Associated Press)
Student teacher Tugce Albayrak died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support.

Albayrak had been in a coma after reportedly being struck in the head Nov. 15 following an altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach.

Police say an autopsy will be performed Monday to determine the exact cause of death. They are appealing for witnesses, including the teenage girls, to come forward.

An 18-year-old man identified only as Sanel M. is being held in custody.