A 22-year-old American student as beaten to death by a large group while he vacationed in Greece on July 7.
Bakari Henderson, who’s originally from Texas, was found battered on a street on the Greek island of Zakynthos after an argument inside of a bar continued to escalate.
Here’s what you need to know about Henderson:
1. Henderson Reportedly Got Into an Argument With a Security Guard
Henderson, from Austin, Texas, was reportedly out at a bar early in the morning when an argument started.
According to the Greek Security Division, the minor argument began around 3:15 a.m. at a sports bar called Bar Code in Laganas.
The man Henderson originally got into an argument with was supposedly a security guard at the bar. Henderson left the bar, and the security guard and a bartender chased him out of the bar and started to beat him on the street.
The two men kept beating Henderson outside of the bar, and others apparently joined in on the assault. According to a report from the Daily Mail, the attackers were “thought to have used brass knuckles to pummel his head.”
The Greek Security Division said that Henderson was taken to a nearby hospital when he was found, but it was too late and he was pronounced dead on arrival due to traumatic head injuries.
2. So Far, 2 People Have Been Charged With His Murder
The two men who were thought to have started the assault on Henderson have been arrested and charged with homicide.
That includes the 32-year-old security guard, of British descent and Serbian origin and also the 34-year-old Greek bartender.
In addition to the two men that have already been arrested by authorities, eight others that were thought to have taken part in the assault were detained by police for questioning.
The deadly assault occurred on a busy street on the island of Zakynthos, an area that’s typically popular with tourists. The beating is thought to have occurred in front of many of those tourists who were out on the town for a night out.
3. Henderson Was Studying at the University of Arizona
According to his Facebook page, Henderson was originally from Austin, Texas, and had been studying at the University of Arizona. He was majoring in finance and entrepreneurship at the Arizona’s business school.
Henderson’s family has also been notified of his tragic death, and plans for a funeral service haven’t yet been disclosed.
4. Henderson Played Basketball in High School & Was a Lakers Fan
According to a report from KVUE ABC News, a former classmate confirmed that Henderson went to Anderson High School in Austin and graduated in 2013.
It was there that he played high school basketball for Anderson.
His MaxPreps profile says that during his junior season, he played in 34 games for Anderson, averaging 2.7 points per game to go along with 2.6 rebounds. He was listed as being 6-foot-2 at the time.
Henderson posted a video to Facebook in 2011 of a presentation two of his classmates were giving in what looks to be a history class. Watch that video below.
Photos of him on his Facebook profile show him dressed in a Los Angeles Lakers T-shirt, and one of his favorite basketball players, according to social media accounts, was Kobe Bryant.
5. In 2011, a Tourist Was Beaten to Death on the Island by Taxi Drivers
While the Greek island seems tourist-friendly, the death of Henderson isn’t the first instance where a tourist was killed by residents.
In 2011, an 18-year-old man named Robert Sebbage (from Hampshire) was stabbed to death allegedly by a 22-year-old taxi driver named Stelios Morfis. In addition to Sebbage’s brutal death, four of his riends were injured when they went out at the Laganas resort in July 2011.
Morfis was found guilty of causing deadly bodily injury without intent and was sentenced to 11 years in prison, but Sebbage’s father Andy called it “a disgrace,” BBC reported.
Morfis had denied committing the murder, saying that he simply lashed out with his pocket knife when he was being taunted by the group of friends.
According to BBC, the group was attacked while sitting outside of a McDonald’s on a curb.
Another man, named Dimosthenes Mylonas was charged as being an accomplice, but was found not guilty.
The family released an emotional statement paying tribute to their son after the verdict was read.
Nothing will bring Robert back but we strongly believe that the sentence passed does not reflect the horrific and senseless killing of our son.
We take solace from the fact that Stelios Morfis was found guilty of taking our son’s life and attacking four of Robert’s friends.
We are also comforted that Robert’s good character and reputation was acknowledged in court and that the other boys who were attacked were accurately represented as the victims of this violent assault.