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Newly free from prison, a man who killed at age 14 atones for his past and looks to his future

The San Diego Tribune – January 12, 2020 – Jan. 21 marks 25 years since Tony Hicks, then-14 and a gang member, shot and killed college student Tariq Khamisa. Hicks is newly out of prison, with support from the victim’s family

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Family of homicide victim, suspect come together to share anti-violence message at forum

FOX 4 News – October 14, 2019 – Dozens of community members joined forces Monday at a gun violence forum to learn how to make the metro a safer place to live.

“We feel it’s important to keep letting the community know that it exists, and we can do something about it,” said Judy Sherry, president of Grandparents Against Gun Violence. “That’s the important part.”

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2 men affected by one shooting share message of forgiveness

KMBC News – October 14, 2019 – Plez Felix talks about the day his life changed forever. The grandson he raised shot and killed a man delivering pizza. His grandson, Tony, was only 14 years old.

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The friendship born of murder

BBC – Friends Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix share a fondness for spicy food and wine, but they became buddies after a devastating incident – when Azim’s son was killed by Ples’ grandson.

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Judical Council of California

Podcast with Azim Khamisa

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Rotary presents Peacemaker Award

The San Diego Union Tribune – The Encinitas Rotary Club presented its 2019 Peacemaker Award to Azim Khamisa (center), founder of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation. After the death of his only son, Tariq, in a gang-related murder in San Diego in 1995, Khamisa established a foundation in his son’s name, with the mission to save lives of children, empower the right choices and teach the principles of nonviolence. Tariq Khamisa was killed by 14-year-old gang member Tony Hicks, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Khamisa has reached out to Hicks’ grandfather in the spirit of healing to end youth violence and when Hicks is released from prison, he is slated to join Khamisa and the foundation to share their message of forgiveness, peace and hope. Also pictured: County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar (left), who nominated Khamisa, and Deb Vaughan-Cleff, Encinitas Rotary Club president.

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