Bakari Henderson, a 22-year-old Honors graduate from Austin, Texas, was killed in Greece on Friday morning.
So far eight people have been arrested. Police said two of them, a 34-year-old Greek and a 32-year-old British man of Serbian origin, were to appear before a prosecutor on murder charges.
Serbia confirmed that six of its citizens were arrested in the investigation. Serbia’s foreign ministry said the detained Serbs were to appear before a judge.
Henderson’s family released the following statement Friday evening:
As you can imagine, our family is devastated by the recent loss of our beloved son Bakari Jaward Henderson. He attended Anderson High School through his junior year and graduated from Hyde Park Baptist High School in 2013. Bakari attended The Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona on a full academic scholarship and graduated on May 12, 2017 with a BS in Business Finance and Entrepreneurship. The summer after his freshman year at University of Arizona, he interned with the Texas Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Texas State Senate. Bakari was in Greece working on a photo shoot to launch his new clothing line when the unbelievable tragedy occurred.able tragedy occurred.
Bakari loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, and meeting new people. He was a big thinker and enjoyed coming up with new business ventures. Bakari was an inspiration to all he met. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.
We would like to thank our family, friends and the Austin community for your prayers, love and support.
Phil, Jill, P.J. and Jory
Henderson’s family said a memorial service is being planned.
Authorities are looking into the possibility that he was targeted because of his race.
The alleged murder took place at a venue called Bar Code. The University of Arizona honors graduate was reportedly involved in a confrontation with a bouncer at the bar at around 3:15 am Friday morning. Police have reviewed footage that shows the security guard approaching the table Henderson and his friends were sitting at and began to shout at them.
Bakari then supposedly punched the security guard and a fight broke out. That’s when a gang of 10 people beat the young man. He later died from his injuries at a local hospital, according to the Greek Security Division.
Bakari Henderson went to the University of Arizona to study Business Finance and Entrepreneurship and graduated in May. The goal of his trip to Greece was to begin the launch of his own fashion line.
A GoFundMe was created by friends of Henderson’s.