On Thursday, he met up with his uncle in Gaafour, catching up on family matters, on a break from his Master's studies in the nearby historic town of Kairouan. A day later, Rezgui walked calmly though the Imperial Marhaba beach hotel on Tunisia's Mediterranean coast opening fire with a Kalashnikov, and in more than five minutes slaughtered 39 foreign tourists in the name of Islamic State.

Once again, Tunisia is in shock over how one of its young men with little warning turned from what appeared to be a normal life to hardline violent ideology of Islamic jihad. Again, a well-educated Tunisian from a middle class family appears in a short time to have fallen prey to radical recruiters who turned him away from a life of football and music to become a militant Islamist.

In Gaafour, an isolated farming town on the arid plains Southwest of Tunis, neighbors and family struggle to piece together how a neighbourhood favourite and son became a killer responsible for the country's worst militant attack.

Authorities and witnesses say Rezgui was the only gunman who opened fire on the beach of the Imperial Marhaba, working his way through the pool, and hotel reception picking out foreigners, before he was shot himself by police. Just as with the two young Tunisians who attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis in March, killing 21 people, Saif gave little hint to family and friends of his new radical beliefs. If anything he revealed nothing at all.

A fan of break dance, rap music and most of all Club Africa, Tunisia's league champions, Rezqui worked part time in the small Ben Hassan cafe in Gaafour serving coffee and cigarettes.

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