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
Tariq Khamisa Foundation fathers’ Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix told their story of forgiveness to over 500 Knox Middle School students on October 11th. Nearly all local tv news station as well as print and radio attended and vied for interviews with the leaders as well as the youth and faculty. The message rang loud
Six weeks before Tariq Khamisa’s 21st birthday, on a cold Saturday night in January 1995, the San Diego State University sophomore was gunned down while delivering pizza. It was part of a gang initiation, called “Jacking the Pizza Man,” and Tony Hicks, the one being initiated, fired the fatal bullet. He was 14 years old.
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Tariq Khamisa Foundation at forefront of restorative justice movement San Diego – Twenty years ago after the murder of his 20-year-old son Tariq, Azim Khamisa saw the need to address the epidemic of youth violence in the United States. He reached out to the grandfather of his son’s murderer, Ples Felix, in a spirit of
Dear TKF Family and Friends, I have just returned from representing the Tariq Khamisa Foundation at a historic leadership meeting at the White House. This symbolic event was in response to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative and it brought together national advocacy and policy leaders in Restorative Justice/Restorative Practices and youth advocacy including TKF.