An American tourist died Friday morning after being beaten to death in a bar in Greece.
Bakari Henderson, 22, of Austin, Texas, was visiting the island of Zakynthos, Greece, when a bar fight escalated into a brawl, leaving the University of Arizona graduate dead.
Police arrested two men on Friday evening, both considered the main suspects in the investigation, NBC News reported. Seven other people were also arrested.
Henderson’s family said he went to the island for a photo shoot as he prepared to launch a new fashion line, according to a statement provided to the Austin, American Statesman.
“Bakari loved spending time with family and friends, traveling and meeting new people,” the statement said. “He was a big thinker and loved starting new businesses.”
The State Department said it was communicating with local authorities about the matter and providing assistance to Henderson’s family.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends, and out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment,” the agency said in a statement.
Henderson had a degree in business finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. Schools the president offered his condolences Friday.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family,” President Robert Robbins said in a statement. “I can only imagine the deep sense of loss they must feel following his untimely death. It is always a tragedy when a young life ends before it has truly begun. »
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