Tugce Albayrak, 22, intervened when she heard the girls screaming for help in a McDonalds toilet in the city of Offenbach on 15 November.
|Tugce Albayrak - German College student of Turkish descent|
|McDonald in Offenbach|
where the attack occurred, the sign
reads, Tugce we're praying for you
Tugce, who was of Turkish descent, is being hailed as a hero across Germany, with thousands of people joining candlelit vigils in her honour outside the restaurant where she confronted the attackers and around the country.
Many held signs in German saying “Danke (thank you) Tugce”, while others wore T-shirts in Turkish that said “Seni seviyoruz” – “we love you”.
A petition signed by more than 50,000 people called for the German President, Joachim Gauck, to posthumously award her the national order of merit.
|Vigil following the attack|
Calling her a role model for the nation, Mr Gauck said: “Like countless citizens, I am shocked and appalled by this terrible act. Tugce has earned gratitude and respect from us all.
“She will always remain a role model to us, our entire country mourns with you.
“Where other people looked the other way, Tugce showed exemplary courage and moral fortitude.”
Her suspected attacker, aged 18, is being held in custody, and one report says he confessed to hitting her.
|More than a thousand people joined the vigil after it was announced that|
Tugce would not recover