Texas Funeral Planned for American Beaten to Death in Greece; Suspect Jailed

FILE - In this 2016 photo provided by John Gramlich shows, Bakari Henderson, left, with friend Travis Jenkins, in Austin, Texas. Henderson, of Austin and recent graduate from the University of Arizona, was beaten to death early Friday, July 7, 2017, at a bar in Lagana on the Greek island of Zakynthos. (Provided Photo/John Gramlich via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A funeral for the American tourist who was fatally beaten in Greece is taking place in his hometown of Austin, Texas.

KXAN television in Austin reports (http://bit.ly/2tfn2W6 ) that the service for 22-year-old Bakari Henderson will take place Saturday at a Baptist church.

Greek police say Henderson was beaten to death outside a bar July 7 on the Greek island of Zakynthos. His family said in a news release that he was in Greece working on a photo shoot to launch a clothing line.

Also Saturday, a 33-year-old Serb, one of nine suspects in the beating death of an American tourist outside a bar on the Greek island of Zakynthos, has been ordered jailed pending trial after appearing before an investigating judge.

The man jailed Saturday was the last of nine suspects, aged 18 to 34, who were charged in the death of 22-year-old Bakari Henderson of Austin, Texas, in the early hours of July 7 in Zakynthos’ rowdy tourist district of Laganas.

A total of seven suspects — five Serbs, one British citizen of Serb origin and a Greek — have been jailed. Two 22-year-old Serbs have been released on bail of 5,000 euros ($5,730). No trial date has been set.

Authorities believe the man jailed Saturday landed the first blow on Henderson.

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  1. 2 questions:
    Can one assume that the Greek legal system will make sure that justice will prevail in an efficient manner in this case?

    How come that the Greek police is very quick to point out that racism is not involved in the lynching of Bakari Henderson? (As all we know seems to indicate that precisely racisme was the motive ).

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