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Two brothers found shot to death in Evanston tobacco shop

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Updated: September 3, 2013 6:45AM

Investigators on Wednesday searched for clues inside Evanston Pipe & Tobacco after two brothers were found shot to death at the shop Tuesday night.

The bodies of the two men — identified as Azim Hakeem, 38, and Mobeen Hakeem, 34 — were found in the basement of the business at 923 Davis St., authorities said.

Both victims appeared to have suffered at least one gunshot, police confirmed.

“My brothers were gentle, humble men that did not deserve anything like this,” Farheen Hakeem said in a statement taped to the family’s door. “Both were great brothers, sons, nephews and cousins. We trust that the Evanston Police will find the monsters that brutally killed them, and we thank you all for the love and support.”

Police received a call around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday from a family member who found it unusual that the door to the business had been padlocked.

Police said there was no indication that the store had been robbed.

Naseem Ahmad, a longtime family friend, described the family as quiet, committed Muslims. Ahmad, from Rogers Park, said the victims’ mother told him she had been waiting at home for her sons to have the traditional Ramadan break-the-fast meal Tuesday and became concerned when they hadn’t returned by 7:15 p.m.

“They were quiet people,” said Sayeed Kahn, who described himself as a relative and former neighbor of the victims when they lived in Northbrook. “They never had a problem with anyone.”

Sayeed Kahn and his daughter, Sumera Kahn, said the brothers appeared to have had money problems and moved back to Evanston a few months ago.

“This is Ramadan, our month of fasting and a time of being grateful for what we have, and to have this happen in terrible,” Sumera Kahn said.

Contributing: Brian Slodysko

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