A 22-year-old US tourist was stabbed and beaten to death in the holiday resort town of Laganas on the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea in the early morning hours of Friday. The victim has been identified as Bakari Henderson from Austin, Texas, a student at Arizona University.
The young tourist had come to the island for summer vacations a couple of days ago. He died in front of his friends outside a local bar.
The victim: Bakari Henderson, 22, from Austin, Texas. Student of finance and entrepreneurship at Arizona University.
According to first media information, the US τourist was stabbed to death by the Serbian doorman of the bar. The latter but also the barman have been detained by police.
Media report that a brawl broke out between the American tourist and his friends and a group of Serbian nationals inside the bar “bar code” short after 3 o’ clock Friday morning. Reason for the brawl remains unknown.
UPDATE: an officer from the US Embassy in Athens has gone to Zakynthos.
The 32-year-old Serbian doorman got also involved in the brawl.
The victim’s friend told police that the Serbian group started to beat the young American tourist, “attack him with knives.”
At some point, the victim managed to escape and started to run outside the bar.
His attackers caught him 20 meters away from the bar and continued to rage against him. The one fatal beat follows the next.
When the police arrives, the victim’s life is pending between life and death. He is quickly transferred to the hospital but the doctors could not keep him alive.
A local media reports that the US tourist died on the way to the hospital.
His death is attributed to craniocerebral, traumatic brain injuries.
“He was running for his life, but he did not make it. They beat him with such a raving until he was unconscious,” one of his friends said.
“Things were really rough, we were afraid they would kill us too,” another friend said.
Police arrested the doorman and one of the barmen. One more person is currently interrogated by police that seeks to find out whether he was also involved in the US tourist’s murder.
Police has reportedly detained a total of seven suspects.
Police has seized audio and visual material from security cameras in and outside the bar.
Police has reportedly also reportedly detained the owner of the bar as it investigates among others whether it was the bar policy that personnel was “aggressive” towards customers..
The body of the young man is to be transferred to the University of Patras where an autopsy will reveal the causes his death.
On 13. July 2011, a 19-year-old UK tourist was stabbed to death in Laganas after a brawl with taxi drivers. Four other Britons were wounded in the fight, which erupted after they allegedly started shining laser pens in the eyes of the cab drivers.
On Thursday, the Mayor of Zakynthos had called a meeting with representatives of local bodies on how to avoid violent incidents that are a frequent phenomenon in Laganas.