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Rotary presents Peacemaker Award

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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