Our Story

The Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) was established in 1995 after Tariq Khamisa, a 20 year old college student was killed by Tony Hicks, a 14 year old gang member. Tony became the first child in California under the age of 16 to be convicted as an adult. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Believing there were “victims on both ends of the gun”, Tariq’s father Azim Khamisa reached out in forgiveness to Tony’s grandfather, Ples Felix to begin the process of healing; together they established TKF.

  • Christa Coleman, Principal, KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy

    "Having young, caring TKF Mentors in our school is a vital need for our teenagers. Knowing our students have a non-parent or non-teacher to talk to about personal issues is comforting and necessary."

  • Spanish Teacher, Knox Middle School


    "I was so touched and so moved by the empathy, love, and forgiveness in your hearts that lead you to inspire and empower others. What a beautiful hour that was for me. Thank you for the work you do. The world needs more people like all of you at TKF.”


  • Azim Khamisa, Tariq's father and Founder of TKF


    "From the onset, I saw victims on both ends of the gun. I will mourn Tariq's death for the rest of my life. Now, however, my grief has been transformed into a powerful commitment to change. Change is urgently needed in a society where children kill children."