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Funeral for woman who protected girls from harassment expected to draw thousands of mourners

  • The coffin with Tugce Albayrak stands outside a mosque during a funeral ceremony in Waechtersbach, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Tugce had been in a coma since mid-November following an altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach near Frankfurt. She died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    The coffin with Tugce Albayrak stands outside a mosque during a funeral ceremony in Waechtersbach, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Tugce had been in a coma since mid-November following an altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach near Frankfurt. She died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • The coffin withTugce Albayrak is carried to a funeral ceremony outside a mosque in Waechtersbach, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Tugce had been in a coma since mid-November following an altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach near Frankfurt. She died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    The coffin withTugce Albayrak is carried to a funeral ceremony outside a mosque in Waechtersbach, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Tugce had been in a coma since mid-November following an altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach near Frankfurt. She died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • The coffin withTugce Albayrak is carried to a funeral ceremony outside a mosque in Waechtersbach, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Tugce had been in a coma since mid-November following an altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach near Frankfurt. She died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    The coffin withTugce Albayrak is carried to a funeral ceremony outside a mosque in Waechtersbach, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Tugce had been in a coma since mid-November following an altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach near Frankfurt. She died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of mourners are expected at the funeral of a young woman who died after reportedly defending two teenage girls from male harassment.

Tugce Albayrak had been in a coma since mid-November following an altercation at a restaurant in Offenbach near Frankfurt. She died Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support.

Albayrak's funeral will take place Wednesday at a mosque in Waechtersbach in central Germany.

The death of the Turkish-German woman triggered an outpouring of public sympathy in Germany. Many have called her a role model for helping victims of violence when others looked away.

An uncle, Yasin Albayrak, told The Associated Press that "Tugce passed away in the spring of her life ... She did her best for mankind."