Recent Black College Grad Beaten to Death in Greece

Bakari Henderson (KVUE screenshot)
Bakari Henderson (KVUE screenshot)

A recent African-American college grad from Austin, Texas, was beaten to death Friday by a group of 10 men while visiting the Greek island of Zakynthos. Bakari Henderson, 22, was at a bar with his friends when a man approached him and they began fighting. Security asked the men to leave, and the brawl spilled into the street, where Henderson was reportedly surrounded by 10 people, including two bar employees.

The Washington Post reports that surveillance videos from nearby shops showed the suspects beating Henderson even after he was unconscious. He later died at a hospital.

Eight people have been arrested, including six Serbian tourists and at least one Greek man. “Greek police in Zakynthos notified the U.S. Embassy of the death of a U.S. citizen in the early morning hours of Friday,” the State Department said in a statement.


CNN reports that Henderson recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in business finance and entrepreneurship. A statement from his parents said that he attended the school on a full academic scholarship.

“As you can imagine, our family is devastated by the recent loss of our beloved son Bakari Jaward Henderson,” the statement read in part. “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 and lived it to the fullest.”

According to his family, Henderson was in Greece working on a photo shoot to launch a new clothing line.

Read more at the Washington Post and CNN.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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Tomi Marchant

Just goes to show that where there is a white majority, you can be sure that black lives don’t matter.

Whites love traveling and “exploring” the world. Wherever they go, they are for the most part accepted and even exalted. Black people don’t have this same luxury, and never will. We will always be seen as a threat to whites (and many other non black PoC), no matter where they reside.