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Story of Murder In San Diego Inspires Book On Forgiveness
Listen to KPBS Interview with author Megan Feldman Bettencourt and Azim Khamisa.
Peace and forgiveness activist Azim Khamisa’s story has become part of San Diego history.
On Jan. 21, 1995, Khamisa’s 21-year-old son, Tariq was killed while delivering pizza. Khamisa’s response to his only son’s death surprised many people around him: he forgave his son’s killer, a 14-year-old named Tony Hicks.
Khamisa founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and now works with Hicks’ grandfather, Ples Felix, to teach middle-school aged children how to deal with conflict. The story inspired journalist Megan Feldman Bettencourt to write “Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World.”
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. Read Story
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