Bakari Henderson, a recent Arizona University graduate has reportedly been beaten to death in a Greece bar fight.
Bakari Henderson, a 22-year-old recent graduate from the University of Arizona has reportedly been beaten to death in a bar fight in Greece. According to Greek authorities, a group of ten men, other than Henderson, were involved in the bar fight, which ultimately left him beaten to death. Henderson was at a bar during his visit in Greece, when a man approached him. It remains unclear what may have started the fight but workers at the bar said that the confrontation escalated into a fistfight pretty quickly.
Security guards asked the two to take the fight outside, where more people started joining in on punching Henderson, including two employees at the bar. According to surveillance videos obtained from nearby shops, people were still beating Henderson even when he was unconscious. Henderson was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The police arrested eight people, who are yet to be charged for Henderson’s death.
An official from a State Department issued a statement, saying: “We are in communication with authorities and providing consular assistance to the deceased citizen’s family. We offer our sincerest condolences to family and friends, and out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”
Tributes To Henderson
The Henderson family issued a statement about the incident, saying: “As you can imagine, our family is devastated by the recent loss of our beloved son Bakari Jaward Henderson.”
“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.”
Henderson’s friend, John Gramlich, said that he had met him in elementary school and became best friends.
“We played basketball together, we traveled to Europe together, we’ve done practically everything together,” Gramlich said. “We were just all in disbelief and shock that that could happen to Bakari.”
Robert Robbins, the president of Arizona University also released a statement, saying:
“All of us at the University of Arizona are shocked and saddened by the loss of our recent graduate, Bakari Henderson. 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.”
“Our staff in the Dean of Students office are reaching out to the faculty and staff across campus. We also are working with his student organizations and the affiliations he had on campus to offer support to those who knew Bakari.
“I know I speak for the university community as I express deepest condolences to Bakari’s family and friends.”