Eight People Have Been Charged In The Beating Death Of Bakari Henderson

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By Becky FogelJuly 10, 2017 2:57 pm

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says Bakari Henderson had a “very bright future ahead of him.”

Henderson, a 22-year-old Austin resident, was beaten to death during a bar fight in Greece, Friday.

The Texas Tribune reports that Henderson had been an intern in Joe Straus’s office.

Henderson may have been attacked because he and his friends wanted to take a photo with a waitress at the bar.

According to CBS This Morning, that angered one of the bouncers – and police say that bouncer and at least nine other people followed Henderson out of the bar where they attacked him.

CBS also spoke with family friend Blake McCray about Henderson’s death.

“I think everybody feels the same way,” McCray says. “Everybody just misses Bakari he was the life of the party.”

Eight people have been arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Commemorations were held throughout the weekend to honor the five officers killed last July in a deadly police shooting in downtown Dallas. Friday marked the one-year anniversary. People gathered downtown at Dallas City Hall Plaza to remember the fallen officers.

Stella Chavez, from KERA Radio talked with some of those at “Tribute 7/7.”

A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit aimed at overturning the state’s campus carry law which took effect last August.

The law allows licensed students 21 years of age and older to carry concealed handguns into most areas of public college campuses in Texas.

Three professors at the University of Texas sued the state.

They argued that compelling professors at a public university to allow students to carry concealed guns in their classrooms chills the professors’ First Amendment rights to academic freedom.

But a U.S. district judge dismissed the suit Friday, ruling the mere allegation of a “chilling effect” on free speech is not enough.