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At Root of Greek Bar Fight That Killed American: a Selfie

Or so police tell the 'Washington Post'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2017 8:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's something one might do while on vacation on a Greek island: Ask a waitress at a bar to take a selfie with you. For American Bakari Henderson, it was allegedly a fatal move. Police tell the Washington Post that the bar fight that left the 22-year-old University of Arizona grad dead was sparked by his selfie request. Greek police rep Theodore Chronopoulos says the bar on Zakynthos island was hosting a night for Serbians last Friday, and a 33-year-old Serbian patron had an issue with the waitress regarding the selfie. The rep didn't elaborate further; CBS News has a somewhat different angle, reporting surveillance video shows a male and female taking a selfie near Henderson before the fight broke out.

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The Serbian is suspected of being one of as many as 15 people who began fighting, some of whom chased a fleeing Henderson from the bar and beat him to death in a mere 30 seconds, says Chronopoulos. Indeed, CBS News says in the span of fewer than 20 seconds the video captures a group starting to beat Henderson and then backing away from his motionless body. The AP reports nine men—one Greek, seven Serbians, and a Brit of Serbian origin—were charged with intentional homicide. Henderson had planned to launch a clothing line and was in Greece to do a photo shoot for it, reports the Post. (Read more Bakari Henderson stories.)

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