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Did You Want To Pull The Trigger?

A few days after being arrested & placed in juvenile hall I was asleep in my cell & in the middle of the night a guy that worked there opened my door & asked me why I had killed Tariq. I only vaguely remembered this happening later & thought I had dreamt it. Almost a

What Did You Feel Or Regret After You Killed Tony?

I was a child when I took Tariq’s life, in age, mentality & emotional maturity. Overwhelmed by all of the events leading up to my encounter with Tariq I felt numb immediately after taking his life. I wasn’t equipped to process about myself, my life or the life that I had just taken so the

A Letter From Tony

In 1990, Tony Hicks came to live with his grandfather after a young life overexposed to violence, gangs, abuse, rejection, and rage. Ples was a role model, boundary, and passionate grandfather to Tony but the teenage years were difficult.  One afternoon in January 1995 Tony ran away from home to be with the wrong crowd.

Murder victim’s family joins killer’s family to share message of peace

Students at Knox Middle School in Lincoln Park took a departure from their regular studies Tuesday and instead learned about forgiveness and peace. The Azim Khamisa Foundation visited the school to teach children about the choices they make and how to learn to forgive. The foundation started two decades ago after 20-year-old Tariq Khamisa who

Men linked by tragedy preach forgiveness

Two men linked by a tragedy that occurred 20 years ago have come together and are spreading their message of peace to children at the middle school level. Tariq Khamisa had just made a pizza delivery in North Park when suddenly there was a gun in his face. As he rolled up the car window,

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

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