Police have arrested at least eight people after an America tourist was beaten to death in a bar brawl on a Greek island.
Bakari Henderson, a 22-year-old recent graduate from Arizona University, died early Friday outside Bar Code in Laganas, an area on the island of Zakynthos popular for tourists.
Primary suspects in the violent attack include a 34-year-old Greek bartender and a 32-year-old British bartender, who are now facing murder charges. Police on Saturday announced they’d arrested another six Serbian tourists they suspect in the fatal battery after viewing CCTV footage of the fight, police told ABC News.
Henderson was reportedly surrounded by ten people during the brutal brawl and died from serious head injuries.
22-year-old Bakari Henderson of Texas was beaten to death by 10 people outside a bar on the Greek island of Zakynthos on July 7.
Police have yet to reveal a motive in the attack, but told the news station the beating involved two groups of people — including both bar staff and those hanging around the facility.
Mayor of Zakynthos Pavlos Kolokotsas said both parties had been drinking heavily and that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins offered his condolences to Henderson’s loved ones.
“Our hearts and prayers are with his friends and family. I can only imagine the deep sense of loss they must be feeling at his untimely death,” he said in a statement. “It is always a tragedy when a young life ends before it has really yet to being.”
Zakynthos is a popular destination for tourists.
Henderson studied business administration and sports management and graduated from the university in May.
His family said he was in Greece working on a photo shoot to launch his fashion line, according to a statement obtained by the Austin Statesman.
“Bakari loved spending time with family and friends, traveling and meeting new people,” they said. “He was big thinker and enjoyed coming up with new business ventures.”