“Where Other People Looked the Other Way, Tugce Showed Exemplary Courage and Moral Fortitude”

Tugce Albayrak

Source: wutaboutadam, “A True Heroine. RIP Brave Girl.” Imgur. 1 December 2014


On 2014 November 15, Tugce Albayrak, a 23-year-old female German citizen of Turkish origin, heard cries for help from a restroom in a McDonald’s in Offenbach (near Frankfurt). Germany. Three men were harassing two teenage girls. Tugce intervened and rescued the girls, who fled. Later, one of the men attacked her in the McDonald’s parking lot. He hit her, she fell, her head hit a stone, and she went into a coma. She was pronounced brain-dead on 26 November, and her parents had her life support turned off on 28 November: her 23rd birthday. Her attacker has been identified as Senal M, an 18-year-old man from Serbia. German President Joachim Gauck praised her bravery in a letter to her family: “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.” In an article published on hellogiggles.com, Kit Steinkeller wrote, “It is heartbreaking that Albayrak’s life was cut so tragically short because she had the courage to come to the aid of these girls when no one else would (restaurant employees obeyed their non-intervention policy, a decision McDonald’s supports in the wake of this tragedy). People the world over are asking themselves if they would have the courage to step in like Albayrak did, if they would go as far and suffer as much as this young woman did to do the right thing.”


Kit Steinkeller, “Honoring German student Tugce Albayrak, who died defending teen girls from harassment.” Hellogiggles.com. 1 December 2014


“Germany mourns death of courageous Tugce.” DW. 29 November 2014


Isha Aran, “German Student Dies After Defending Teen Girls From Harassers.” Jezebel. 30 November 2014


“Death of Tuğçe Albayrak.” Wikipedia. Accessed 2 December 2014


“Yusuf Kenan Albayrak’s Photos.” Facebook. Accessed 2 December 2014


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