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Senseless violence, unbelievable forgiveness: The Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Tough crowd.

Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix faced their audience Tuesday, nearly 200 eighth-graders at San Diego’s Knox Middle School. The students bounced in their seats, distracted by friends, minds crammed with equations and historical dates, nervous systems jittery with hormones.

“Enough energy in that room to power the Army,” said Felix.

Minutes later, that energy found a laser-tight focus: two men united by senseless violence and unbelievable forgiveness.

On Jan. 21, 1995, Felix’s grandson murdered Khamisa’s son.

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