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.
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
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,
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.