Bakari Henderson wanted to snap a selfie with a waitress in Laganas, Greece. Minutes later, he was dead. The 22-year-old was enjoying his summer vacation after graduating from the University of Arizona. That trip ended in tragedy after a fight quickly escalated over the selfie request when up to fifteen men ganged up on Henderson, beating him to death. Nine of the assailants have been arrested and charged with murder.
Greek police spokesman Theodore Chronopoulos said that Henderson asked to take a photo with the waitress, and that a 33-year-old Serbian suspect then got into an argument with the waitress over the photo op. He hit Henderson, who responded by breaking a beer bottle on a table. He then fled the bar, and a surveillance video shows that the group chased him down, threw him against a car, and savagely beat him. The fatal beating lasted 30 seconds.
It's still unclear what exactly caused the night to go from an Instagram-worthy moment to charges of intentional homicide. It was a special Serbian night at the bar, and the majority of Henderson's attackers were either Serbian natives or of Serbian descent. Henderson's companions stayed out of the fight. Police are still trying to determine if the attackers knew one another or if they simply happened to be attending the same event.
Henderson's family said of his untimely death, "Our family is devastated by the recent loss of our beloved son Bakari Jaward Henderson. 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 to the fullest."
One may recall the savagery of the Serbs in their ethnic cleansing and genocidal activities against the Bosnian Muslims during the Bosnian crisis of the early 1990s. The Serbs tarnished the secular image of Europe from which they perhaps never truly recovered, which is demonstrated in their repeated crimes against anyone dissimilar to them. It is shameful!