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Tariq Khamisa Foundation Supports Parole For Killer

Tasreen Khamisa and Azim Khamisa pose for a photo with Tony Hicks, center, in...

Credit: Courtesy of Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Above: Tasreen Khamisa and Azim Khamisa pose for a photo with Tony Hicks, center, in this undated photo.

Tariq Khamisa Foundation Supports Parole For Killer

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Tasreen Khamisa, executive director, Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Ples Felix, co-founder, Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Transcript

Tony Hicks shot Tariq Khamisa in 1995 over a pizza.

Khamisa wouldn't give Hicks the pizza he was delivering or the money he carried. Khamisa was 21. Hicks was 14.

Hicks was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison under a California law that was weeks old at the time. It allowed offenders as young as 14 to be tried as adults.

That might have been the end of the story, had it not been for Tariq's father Azim. He reached out to Hicks' grandfather, Ples Felix, in a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation, and the Tariq Khamisa Foundation was born.

Today the foundation, run by Tariq's sister Tasreen, is looking ahead to Hicks' first parole hearing on Nov. 28. Hicks earned a high school diploma in prison, took courses for college credit and also writes a blog for the foundation. The foundation supports parole for Hicks, and even has a job for him if the hearing is successful.

Tasreen Khamisa and Felix talk about the foundation and the upcoming parole hearing Thursday on Midday Edition.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Tasreen Khamisa poses for a photo with her brother, Tariq, in this undated photo.

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