Austinite killed while on vacation on Greek island

22-year-old Bakari Henderson's life was cut short Friday outside a bar in Greece.

AUSTIN - A 22-year-old Austinite was killed early Friday morning while he was on vacation on a Greek island of Zakinthos, his family has confirmed to KVUE.

Officials have said that Bakari Henderson, a former Anderson High School student, got into a fight with 10 others outside of a bar and was killed.

So far eight people have been arrested. Police said two of them, a 34-year-old Greek and a 32-year-old British man of Serbian origin, were to appear before a prosecutor on murder charges.

On Saturday, the Associated Press said Serbia confirmed that six of its citizens were arrested in the investigation. Serbia's foreign ministry said the detained Serbs were to appear before a judge.

Officials in Greece are still investigating to figure out what caused the fight.

Police reports obtained by the AP said the bar was in Lagana, an area of the island known for frequently rowdy behavior by young foreign tourists.

Henderson's family released the following statement Friday evening:

As you can imagine, our family is devastated by the recent loss of our beloved son Bakari Jaward Henderson. He attended Anderson High School through his junior year and graduated from Hyde Park Baptist High School in 2013. Bakari attended The Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona on a full academic scholarship and graduated on May 12, 2017 with a BS in Business Finance and Entrepreneurship. The summer after his freshman year at University of Arizona, he interned with the Texas Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Texas State Senate. Bakari was in Greece working on a photo shoot to launch his new clothing line when the unbelievable tragedy occurred.

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.

We would like to thank our family, friends and the Austin community for your prayers, love and support.

Phil, Jill, P.J. and Jory

"He was the guy who walked around campus and knew everyone. He was so determined in life, I mean he had dreams of starting a clothing line and opening his own business and he inspired me to work harder," said Henderson's college friend, Alyssa White.

"I guess I'll never meet someone as inspirational and influential as that man," said Tyler Pittman, another friend of Henderson's. "He was always positive, always happy, always smiling, laughing, joking ... it was always a beautiful day."

Henderson's family said they are planning a memorial service.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Henderson. TAP HERE for more information.

© 2017 KVUE-TV


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