World

Autopsy shows inconclusive in case of German woman killed for defending others

Candles and flowers are placed on the parking lot where Tugce was fatally injured two weeks ago in Offenbach, Germany, Monday Dec.1, 2014. Germany's president is considering awarding a posthumous medal to the  young woman killed after defending two teenage girls from male harassment.   German news agency dpa reported Sunday that President Joachim Gauck was mulling the honor amid an outpouring of public outrage over the killing.   Student teacher Tugce Albayrak died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support.  (AP Photo/dpa,Frank Rumpenhorst)

Candles and flowers are placed on the parking lot where Tugce was fatally injured two weeks ago in Offenbach, Germany, Monday Dec.1, 2014. Germany's president is considering awarding a posthumous medal to the young woman killed after defending two teenage girls from male harassment. German news agency dpa reported Sunday that President Joachim Gauck was mulling the honor amid an outpouring of public outrage over the killing. Student teacher Tugce Albayrak died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support. (AP Photo/dpa,Frank Rumpenhorst)  (The Associated Press)

A German prosecutor says preliminary autopsy results failed to clearly identify the cause of death of a young woman who died after reportedly defending two teenage girls from male harassment.

The death of Tugce Albayrak has triggered an outpouring of public sympathy in Germany.

Prosecutor Axel Kreutz said Tuesday the autopsy showed that Albayrak died from blunt force to the head, but it didn't conclusively answer whether this was caused by a strike to her head or a subsequent fall.

Albayrak had been in a coma sicne mid-November following the altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach. She died Friday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support.