She was doing what most people her age would be doing on a Saturday night – having dinner with friends. But when 22-year-old student, Tugce Albayrak stepped in to help some distressed teenage girls she had no idea that decision would cost her her life.
But now, for the courage and bravery she showed in confronting the men, Tugce is now being hailed a hero across Europe.
For Tugce, it started as an evening like any other.
While eating with friends in a fast-food restaurant in Offenbach, Germany, Tugce saw a group of three men hassle two teenage girls. Tugce stepped in and told the men to leave. The situation was defused and the men left the restaurant.
But when Tugce finished her meal and left to go home, she was set upon and brutally beaten with a bat, allegedly by the men she had spoken to earlier.
Tugce was left with critical head injuries from which she would never recover. She slipped into a two-week coma but this week her parents made the decision to turn off her life support. Friday would have been her 23rd birthday.
News of Tugce’s actions spread across Germany. Friends and supporters flocked to the hospital where the young woman died on Friday, holding banners with messages of support for Tugce and her family.