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9 Charged in Fatal Beating of American in Greece

“There seems to have been some sort of flirtation, then a misunderstanding,” the official said. “Everyone had been drinking, and it escalated.”

The attack lasted about 30 seconds, the official said, adding that Mr. Henderson died of head injuries caused by multiple kicks and punches.

Three of the suspects are expected to appear before a prosecutor on Thursday, and the final suspect has a court date on Friday.

The suspects are a 32-year-old British citizen of Serbian origin, who worked as a bouncer at the bar where the brawl broke out, a 34-year-old Greek bartender and seven Serbian men.

A 15-minute security camera video from another bar shows a group of men chasing Mr. Henderson down a street, before a person knocks him into a parked car. Several men then begin kicking and punching him as bystanders watch in horror, before the crowd is eventually broken up.

Φρίκη: Το 15λεπτο βίντεο της δολοφονίας του Αμερικανού στη Ζάκυνθο Video by Proto Thema

Mr. Henderson, a recent college graduate from Austin, Tex., was traveling in Greece and was working on a photo shoot for the opening of a clothing line, according to his family.

The Henderson family released a written statement to the local news outlet KVUE confirming Mr. Henderson’s death.

“Bakari loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, and meeting new people,” the statement said. “Bakari was an inspiration to all he met. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.”

Mr. Henderson attended the University of Arizona on a full academic scholarship and graduated in May.

Jan Richardson, Mr. Henderson’s aunt, who is acting as a spokeswoman for the family, said she did not want to elaborate on what information Greek authorities had given them.

“All we know is that he was murdered,” Mrs. Richardson said. “He was killed in Greece. We are focusing on getting him home now.”

The family is working with the American Embassy in Greece to return Mr. Henderson’s body to the United States.

The resort of Laganas is known as a party resort and attracts young tourists, mostly Britons, seeking to enjoy cheap alcohol in bars that tolerate — and sometimes organize — extremely boisterous gatherings. With young vacationers regularly drinking large quantities of alcohol, violent fights are not unusual. A British man was stabbed to death in Laganas in 2011.

In recent years, the authorities have made an effort to curb alcohol-fueled crime without alienating foreign visitors. Law enforcement officials had met with the mayor to discuss ways to keep the peace in the resort just hours before the attack on Friday, the police official said.

Source: NYT > World

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