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German prosecutors charge man in death of female student who tried to protect others

  • FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file picture, flowers and a picture cover the grave of Tugce Albayrak in Bad-Soden Salmuenster, Germany.  German prosecutors have indicted an 18-year-old on charges of serious bodily harm causing the death of the young woman who came to the defense of two teenage girls he and others were harassing. Teaching student Tugce Albayrak died days after being struck on the head and falling to the ground following an altercation at a McDonald’s restaurant in the city of Offenbach on Nov. 15. Offenbach prosecutor Axel Kreutz said Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015 that the suspect, identified only as Sanel M., would be tried before a juvenile court. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)

    FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file picture, flowers and a picture cover the grave of Tugce Albayrak in Bad-Soden Salmuenster, Germany. German prosecutors have indicted an 18-year-old on charges of serious bodily harm causing the death of the young woman who came to the defense of two teenage girls he and others were harassing. Teaching student Tugce Albayrak died days after being struck on the head and falling to the ground following an altercation at a McDonald’s restaurant in the city of Offenbach on Nov. 15. Offenbach prosecutor Axel Kreutz said Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015 that the suspect, identified only as Sanel M., would be tried before a juvenile court. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file picture the Imam prays near the coffin withTugce Albayrak during a funeral ceremony outside a mosque  in Waechtersbach, Germany. German prosecutors have indicted an 18-year-old on charges of serious bodily harm causing the death of the young woman who came to the defense of two teenage girls he and others were harassing. Teaching student Tugce Albayrak died days after being struck on the head and falling to the ground following an altercation at a McDonald’s restaurant in the city of Offenbach on Nov. 15. Offenbach prosecutor Axel Kreutz said Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015 that the suspect, identified only as Sanel M., would be tried before a juvenile court.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)

    FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file picture the Imam prays near the coffin withTugce Albayrak during a funeral ceremony outside a mosque in Waechtersbach, Germany. German prosecutors have indicted an 18-year-old on charges of serious bodily harm causing the death of the young woman who came to the defense of two teenage girls he and others were harassing. Teaching student Tugce Albayrak died days after being struck on the head and falling to the ground following an altercation at a McDonald’s restaurant in the city of Offenbach on Nov. 15. Offenbach prosecutor Axel Kreutz said Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015 that the suspect, identified only as Sanel M., would be tried before a juvenile court. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2014 file picture demonstrators place flowers and candles as they take part in a rally to remember student Tugce in Berlin, Germany. German prosecutors have indicted an 18-year-old on charges of serious bodily harm causing the death of the young woman who came to the defense of two teenage girls he and others were harassing. Teaching student Tugce Albayrak died days after being struck on the head and falling to the ground following an altercation at a McDonald’s restaurant in the city of Offenbach on Nov. 15. Offenbach prosecutor Axel Kreutz said Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015 that the suspect, identified only as Sanel M., would be tried before a juvenile court. (AP Photo/dpa,Maurizio Gambarini,file)

    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2014 file picture demonstrators place flowers and candles as they take part in a rally to remember student Tugce in Berlin, Germany. German prosecutors have indicted an 18-year-old on charges of serious bodily harm causing the death of the young woman who came to the defense of two teenage girls he and others were harassing. Teaching student Tugce Albayrak died days after being struck on the head and falling to the ground following an altercation at a McDonald’s restaurant in the city of Offenbach on Nov. 15. Offenbach prosecutor Axel Kreutz said Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015 that the suspect, identified only as Sanel M., would be tried before a juvenile court. (AP Photo/dpa,Maurizio Gambarini,file)  (The Associated Press)

German prosecutors have indicted an 18-year-old on charges of serious bodily harm causing the death of a young woman who came to the defense of two teenage girls he and others were harassing.

Teaching student Tugce Albayrak died days after being struck on the head and falling to the ground following a Nov. 15 altercation at a McDonald's restaurant in the city of Offenbach. The 23-year-old was hailed as a hero and praised by German President Joachim Gauck as a role model for trying to help others.

Offenbach prosecutor Axel Kreutz said Tuesday that the suspect, identified only as Sanel M., would be tried before a juvenile court.

Kreutz declined to comment on German media reports that Albayrak's skull was fractured by the fall.