For fourteen months Phil and Jill Henderson try to cope with the loss of their son Bakari. They try to understand how they lost their son because of one selfie in a bar in Laganas.
They are currently in Greece to attend the trial of those suspected to have stabbed the 22-year-old student on Zakynthos on 6. July 2017.
All the parents want is justice.
“He had a great future, he was a smart guys, had (the defendants) given him a chance they might become friends,” father Phil tells private ANT1 in an exclusive interview broadcasted on Tuesday.
“We miss him. the community misses him, the neighborhood, his friends. What really hurts is is that they took him away from us.,” he adds.
They eagerly anticipate for the trial to kick off in hope that justice will prevail and their wounds are healed.
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The Greek lawyer of the family who spoke later to ANT1, said “For us the participation of each one of the defendants is clear.”
He explained that police has evaluated CCTV footage from inside and outside the bar and has evident for each defendant’s participation in the murder action against Bakari.
The 22-year-old student from Texas was beaten to death by a group of people outside a bar in the holiday resort town of Laganas on the island of Zakynthos.
He died due to severe head injuries.
He had come to the island in the Ionian Sea for summer vacations a couple of days ago.
He died in front of his friends outside a local bar.
The mob chased him allegedly because of a selfie he tried to shoot with a waitress at a bar run by Serbian nationals.
CCTV from the bar as the brawl starts.
The trial is to start on September 21st 2018 at a court in Patras, West Peloponnese.
The 55-page long indictment names nine defendants, majority of them are Serbian nationals.
The trial is expected to last for quite long as many witnesses form both sides are to give testimonies.
Next to the Greek legal representation, Bakari’s parents are accompanied by US lawyers.