Texas Lawmakers Press for Justice for US Teenager Killed in Greece

Bakari Henderson’s family held a candlelight vigil on the night of Friday, Oct. 27 in the courtyard of McClelland Hall at the University of Arizona.

US lawmakers have written to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to use all diplomatic means available to help Greek authorities bring those responsible for last summer’s death of Texan Bakari Henderson, to justice.

At least two men suspected of beating 22-year-old Bakari Henderson to death on the Greek island of Zakynthos in July, have fled the country, according to the letter.

“As you know, the events surrounding Mr. Henderson’s death have led to multiple arrests, but at least two suspects have fled to their native country of Serbia,” said the letter, signed by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin.

“While we appreciate Greek authorities moving expeditiously to investigate this matter, we urge you to utilize all diplomatic means available to ensure that the aggressors do not escape justice.”

Henderson, an Austin man who had recently graduated from the University of Arizona, was beaten to death by a group of men outside a nightclub in Laganas on July 7.

Friends and family said he’d traveled to the island for a photo shoot to launch a fashion line he had long dreamed of starting.

At the end of July, state senators in Texas unanimously approved Senate Resolution 24 to honor Henderson.

“Bakari Henderson lived his life to the fullest and made the most of every moment. He shared his irrepressible spirit with the world, and he will be deeply missed by all who were privileged to share in his life,” the resolution said.