A 22-year-old University of Arizona student was killed in Greece over a selfie picture, local police said Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. The report detailed events leading up to the violent brawl that ended Bakari Henderson’s life July 7.
According to previous reports, local police speculated an argument over a selfie would have caused Henderson’s death. He had gone to Greece on May 17 for a photo-shoot for the launch of his new clothing line.
Greek police spokesman Theodore Chronopoulos told the Post that Henderson, who was at a bar in Greek island of Zakynthos, asked to take a selfie with a waitress. This lead to an argument involving customers and two bar employees, following which they fatally beat Henderson within 30 seconds, Chronopoulos reportedly said.
“They kicked and punched him to his body and his head,” Chronopoulos told the Post adding, “His death came from hits in his head.”
On Monday, one of Henderson’s friends told CBS News reports about the brawl over a selfie were not true and the argument happened after two men at the bar took beer bottles, smashed them on the table and used them as weapons.
Five of nine people suspected of fatally beating Henderson have been taken into custody and are awaiting trial on murder charges, the Associated Press (AP) reported Wednesday. Suspects, aged between 18 and 34, include one Greek, seven Serbs and one British national of Serb origin, according to the AP. All have been charged with intentional homicide. While the trial date is yet to be set, the remaining four suspects are set to testify Thursday.
A surveillance video of the violent fight showed Henderson running and being chased by suspects. In the 15-minute long footage, a group of people can be seen beating, kicking, and even throwing him onto a car.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Astrid Von Ehren-McCray, a family friend of Henderson’s told CBS News. “And I’m trying to compose myself, but I couldn’t believe it.”
Henderson had graduated from the university’s Eller College of Management in May with a bachelor’s degree in business finance and entrepreneurship and had a certificate in sports management.
“Our family is devastated,” his family said following his death. According to them, Henderson “was a big thinker and enjoyed coming up with new business ventures.”
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