Podcast with Azim Khamisa
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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.
The San Diego Union Tribune – Two San Diegans brought together by violence were honored Friday with an award named after a famous advocate of non-violence.
Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix received the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award.
The San Diego Union Tribune – December 10, 2018 – It took years for Tasreen Khamisa to move from anger to forgiveness for the person who killed her brother, Tariq Khamisa, during a 1995 robbery over pizza in North Park.
For her father, compassion came quickly — the ability to see victims on both ends of the gun fired by his young son’s killer.
KPBS – November 29th, 2018 – The state Board of Parole Wednesday granted parole for a onetime gang member who was 14 when he shot and killed a 20-year-old college student and pizza deliveryman during an attempted robbery in San Diego in 1995.