The story of Mr. Amri, who turned 24 years old on Thursday, sheds light on how Europe’s status as a beacon of hope to thousands fleeing war and persecution in recent years has also left it exposed to a smaller group of arrivals driven by far darker motives. This account of Mr. Amri’s journey from coastal Tunisia to Sicily to the streets of Berlin is based on interviews with more than a dozen family members, friends, officials, and others in Tunisia, Italy and Germany.

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