Serbs arrested on a Greek island in the beating death of American tourist


Serbia says six of its citizens have been arrested in Greece in the investigation into the beating death of a 22-year-old Texas man on the island of Zakynthos, AP reported.

Serbia’s foreign ministry said Saturday that the detained Serbs were to appear before a judge.

The family of Bakari Henderson of Austin, Texas, identified him as the victim. His family said Henderson was in Greece working on a photo shoot to launch a clothing line. Bakari graduated from the University of Arizona in May with a business degree.

“Bakari loved spending time with family and friends, traveling and meeting new people,” a family statement said, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “He was a big thinker and enjoyed coming up with new business ventures.”

Greek police say the victim was beaten to death early Friday at a bar in Lagana. Officials haven’t released a possible motive for the attack.

Greek police said Friday that a 34-year-old Greek and a 32-year-old British man of Serbian origin were arrested.

Update: The fight started after the American tourist wanted to get a selfie with a waitress, who was Serbian. This infuriated the bouncer as well as another group of patrons who then clashed with Henderson’s group. Portion of the fight was captured by CCTV.

  • jj

    Left out is that the man had an altercation with the staff and that at least two of the arrested were staff, including the Greek barman.
    Also, Serbs claim that the British man was not a Serb but a Bosniak. If they release the names were could learn if that’s true or not.
    This also happened at 3:15 a.m. and Greek police said both sides were very drunk. Greeks say the Americans friends involved in the fight have left Greece – that they didn’t stick around to testify – probably afraid that they’d be arrested or detained.
    There’s definitely a lot more to the story.

    • jj

      The bouncer indeed has a Muslim name Amir Omerdzic (32) and the barman is named too in this extract from Blic (Serbian media):
      “the hearing of two main suspects Amir Omerdzic (32) and George Xiadopoulos, an eyewitness and”