(TIML NEWS) An argument over a selfie may have led to the death of a 22-year-old American in Greece.
Bakari Henderson was killed after a fight broke out early Friday. Witnesses say he and his friends wanted to take a photo with the waitress, which angered one of the bouncers. It happened on the Greek Island of Zakynthos, a popular destination for tourists.
Police say at least 10 people followed Henderson out of the bar, including the bouncer and another employee. They are accused of beating Henderson and leaving him unconscious in the street.
Eight people have been arrested and are now facing voluntary manslaughter charges. The suspects, including the bouncer and bar employee, covered their heads as they made their way into court.
One of their attorneys argued there was no intent to kill Henderson, who Greek police say died from severe head injuries after the beating.
“I coudn’t believe it,” Astrid Von Ehren-McCray, family friend said. ” And I’m trying to compose myself, but I couldnt’ believe it.”
The news is still sinking in at the McCray household in Austin, Texas. Family friends say Henderson spent a lot of time there growing up.
“I think everybody feels the same way,” Blake McCray said. “That everybody just misses Bakari. He was the life of the party.”
Henderson graduated last month from the University of Arizona with a degree in business finance and entrepreneurship.
In a statement, relatives said: “Our family is devastated.” They said Henderson “was a big thinker and enjoyed coming up with new business ventures.”
His latest, a photo shoot for a new clothing line, brought him to the Greek Island of Zakynthos.
The nightlife in an area of the island, known as Laganas, attracts a rowdier crowd, according to author and travel writer Eleni Gage.
“They get a lot of charter flights from England and other parts of Europe that can make for a very cheap vacation for primarily young people looking to party,” Gage said.
There’s been reports of trouble there before. In 2011, an argument with taxi drivers led to the stabbing death of a British teen. And last year, a young woman from Britain said a spiked vodka drink left her blind.
Yet this latest case makes no sense to those who knew Bakari Henderson, like neighbor Bill Norton.
“He was, he didn’t have any of those characteristics that you would think about in terms of bar-room brawls,” Norton said. “You know, it just didn’t fit Bakari’s nature. So I’m just puzzled.”
The Henderson family says their main focus now is getting Bakari’s body back home. The U.S. State Department says it’s helping the family and is in touch with Greek authorities. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has raised more than $30,000 to cover transportation and funeral costs.