Bakari Henderson once told his mother that he felt safer overseas, specifically in Europe, because of the shooting of Black men in the U.S. However, at 22 years old, he was beaten to death at a bar on the Greek island of Zakynthos on July 7, 2017.
The six men, five Serbian nationals and a British man of Serbian origin, were cleared of murder and only charged with assault. CBS News reports the men were given sentences, which ranged from five to 15 years in prison. After the sentencing, Jill Henderson, Bakari’s mother, said, “You should not be able to chase a man down and beat him to death and not go to jail.” Phil Henderson, his father, added, he “can’t understand, a man’s life here in Greece doesn’t mean anything.”
After the outrage, a retrial has been ordered, which means Bakari’s family will have go through another trial in Greece.
The incident began when Henderson was taking a selfie with a Serbian woman. She was confronted by the group of Serbian men and one of them said, “There are a lot of Serbs in the bar. Why are you talking to a Black guy?” The Serbian woman said one of them smacked Henderson, he smacked him back and a brawl ensued, which eventually led outside. Bakari Henderson was dead 30 seconds later.
We hope the Henderson family gets justice in the retrial.