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2 Charged in Beating Death of US Tourist on Greek Island

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By    |   Saturday, 08 Jul 2017 05:10 PM

A 22-year-old American tourist on vacation on a Greek island after graduating from college has died after being beaten by a mob – and two people were charged in his death, according to news reports.

Bakari Henderson, 22, of Austin, Texas, who graduated in May from the University of Arizona, died of severe head injuries in the beating early Friday on the island of Zakynthos, The Daily Mail reports.

Henderson, who had obtained a degree in business administration, was dead on arrival to a local hospital after the attack at 3:15 a.m. on Friday, Greek police said.

He was at a bar with friends in a tourist area known for rowdy behavior by young foreign tourists, The Associated Press reports.

Two people, a Greek barman, 34, and a British bouncer of Serbian origin, 32, were charged with homicide, according to the Daily Mail.

Eight others were arrested and were being questioned by police. At least six were Serbian nationals.

They were detained after officials viewed surveillance video, AFP reports.

The fight might have broken out over a petty argument, according to news reports, and the group allegedly attacked Henderson, throwing him onto the street before punching and kicking him.

Zakynthos Mayor Pavlos Kolokotsas told reporters that local officials and police had just met about clamping down on alcohol-fueled brawls, Fox News reports.

In the United States, University of Arizona President Robert Robbins said in a statement: "Our hearts and prayers are with his friends and family.

"I can only imagine the deep sense of loss they must be feeling at his untimely death.

"It is always a tragedy when a young life ends before it has really yet to begin," Robbins said.

Henderson's family and Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake also responded on Twitter:

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