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Suspects arrested for fatal beating of recent grad in Greece – New York Post

At least eight people have been arrested in connection with the beating death of an American tourist in the Greek isles celebrating his recent college graduation, officials said.

Newly minted University of Arizona grad Bakari Henderson, 22, and his friends were in a bar in Laganas, a village on the island of Zakynthos, when another customer approached him and they began to quarrel Friday morning, officials said.

The men fought and were then kicked outside, where the melee continued and others joined in.

Two men — a 32-year-old British man of Serbian descent, and a 34-year-old Greek native — were arrested in the killing, while six other Serbian fighters were busted.

Cops claim they have closed-circuit TV footage from nearby shops showing the men pummeling Henderson, even after the young African-American man was down and apparently unconscious.

“We are in communication with authorities and provide consular assistance with the deceased citizen’s family,” a US Embassy official said. “We offer our sincerest condolences to family and friends.”

Henderson was originally from Austin, Texas, and had graduated in May from UofA with a degree in ­business finance.

He had dreams of launching his own fashion line, friends and family members said.

His Facebook page shows him hanging out with his fraternity brothers and rooting on his favorite NBA team, the LA Lakers.

“As you can imagine, our family is devastated by the recent loss of our beloved son Bakari Jaward Henderson,” his family said in a statement.

“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 to the fullest.”

Childhood friend John Gralmich told KXAN-TV in Austin that he can’t believe his buddy is gone.

“I met Bakari in elementary school,” Gralmich recalled. “Immediately once I met him, I knew he was going to be one of my best friends. We got along really well; he’s got a really contagious smile, whenever he walks into a room he really fills the room up.”

UofA president Robert C. Robbins said the campus community is struggling with the senseless tragedy.

“All of us at the University of Arizona are shocked and saddened by the loss of our recent graduate, Bakari Henderson,” Robbins said in a prepared statement.

“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. It is always a tragedy when a young life ends before it has really yet to begin.”

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