University of Arizona graduate Bakari Henderson killed in GreeceEXPAND
University of Arizona graduate Bakari Henderson killed in Greece

University of Arizona, Friends React to Death of 22-Year-Old Graduate in Greece

University of Arizona graduate Bakari Henderson, 22, died in the early hours of Friday morning while on vacation on the Greek island of Zakynthos, according to a Greek newspaper.

After an altercation at a bar, Henderson was surrounded and beaten by a group of 10 men, the newspaper said, including 34-year-old Greek man and a 32-year-old British man, who were taken into custody. Henderson was pronounced dead at a hospital due to severe head injuries.

University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins released the statement below on Friday afternoon:

"All of us at the University of Arizona are shocked and saddened by the loss of our recent graduate, Bakari Henderson. 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."

"Our staff in the Dean of Students office are reaching out to the faculty and staff across campus. We also are working with his student organizations and the affiliations he had on campus to offer support to those who knew Bakari. I know I speak for the university community as I express deepest condolences to Bakari’s family and friends."

Henderson graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an undergraduate certificate in Sports Management. He was originally from Austin, Texas, according to KXAN.

Friends and classmates also memorialized Henderson on social media.

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