Photo: Courtesy of Bakari Henderson’s family

What was supposed to be a celebratory time for a Black American college grad ended in tragedy, as he was beaten to death by a mob outside a popular bar in Greece.

Bakari Henderson, a 22-year-old recent graduate from the University of Arizona, was pronounced dead early Saturday outside Bar Code in Laganas, an area on the island of Zakynthos, popular for tourists. Police have arrested at least eight people.

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. Officers arrested another six Serbian tourists they suspect in the fatal battery after viewing video footage of the fight, police told “ABC News.”

According to media reports from Greece, the fight started after a man from a group of Serbians walked up to a group of Americans that included Henderson and broke a glass on their table. One of the Americans then reportedly grabbed the 32-year-old Serbian and punched him, which is believed to have sparked the massive bar brawl.

According to the reports, Henderson was surrounded by ten people during the brutal brawl and died from serious head injuries.

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.

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,” the family said in a statement. “He was big thinker and enjoyed coming up with new business ventures.”

Terry Shropshire

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  • Jason

    White Supremacy is a WORLDWIDE religion. No matter where you go – you have to realize that you can become a victim.

    • biffula

      Being a black victim is a worldwide religion as well. Pull your head out.

      • Jason

        Black people are victims of White Supremacy. They have had to sit back and watch:

        1. Their loved ones be sold off to parts unknown
        2. Others they knew be lynched, castrated, burned, etc
        3. Forced rape of both Black men, women and children
        4. Having their money and land stolen without legal recourse
        5. Having to start over and over again due to all of the above

        You can bring your full of crap psychology, but it won’t work. Black are just as much victims as the Jews.

  • Oak510finest

    The place where he was murdered is known for their racism and hatred for blacks. Stay alert and stop dismissing their hatred and thinking it can’t happen to you.

    We are in a war for our existence. In that war your enemy will go for “soft targets” first. Whenever possible, please excercise your 2nd ammendment right. I can gurantee you that a white supremacist will think twice sbout harming you . If he is too busy dodging slugs!!

    • Shak

      The place where he came from is even more well known for their racism and hatred of blacks. Your 2nd amendment is America’s shame, whatever you have to say about it.

    • Shak

      Actually I don’t know where you get your information from. This is Europe, there is virtually no black folks in Greece, racism against blacks is virtually unknown?

      • Oak510finest

        Yeah sure it is.

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  • Jason

    Has anyone heard CNN or any of the other news organizations mention this? Is the Trump Admin. going to have a response to this issue like they did Otto W.?

    Black parents can continue to ignore the reality of White Supremacy racism all they want, but this ignorance is killing Black children. Please don’t send your Black children out into this meat grinder without some proper game.

  • Shak

    The film doesn’t show anyone breaking a glass, but it does show Henderson throwing the first punch.

  • Ronnie Bangé

    Je ne sais pas si les gens vont comprendre ce que je vais écrire, mais je tiens tout de même à dire aux Américains, spécialement s’ils sont noirs, de ne jamais venir en Europe, surtout dans des pays comme la Grèce ou les pays de l’est, qui sont des viviers pour ce genre de tragédie.
    Que Bakari Henderson repose en paix. Mes condoléances à sa famille.

  • BBB

    I had plans of going there, that cancels me out, I wont be visiting Greece..EVER

    • biffula

      sure you were going there….sure.

  • biffula

    What a race baiting headline. No where was race mentioned as an issue at all in the article. Just a bunch of drunks fighting.