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Evanston cops not ruling out robbery in brothers’ killing at tobacco shop

Brothers Azim Hakeem (left) Mobeen Hakeem flank their sister Farheen Hakeem photograph taken cousin's wedding 2011. The brothers were excited

Brothers Azim Hakeem (left) and Mobeen Hakeem flank their sister, Farheen Hakeem, in a photograph taken at a cousin's wedding in 2011. The brothers were excited about Farheen's upcoming wedding. | Courtesy of the Hakeem family

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Updated: August 7, 2013 7:24AM

Evanston Police have widened their investigation to consider robbery as a possible motive in the shooting deaths of two brothers found last week in their tobacco shop.

Azim Hakeem, 38, and Mobeen Hakeem, 34, were found in the basement of Evanston Pipe & Tobacco, 923 Davis St., on July 30, after they failed to return home for a Ramadan-related family meal.

Police working with North Suburban Task Force investigators’ forensic team cannot account for the wallets of the brothers, Perry Pulinski, the department’s public information officer, said Tuesday afternoon.

Pulinski said investigators have determined that the brothers suffered multiple gunshot wounds from what appears to be a small-caliber weapon.

The task force is continuing to analyze evidence, gather data, conduct interviews and follow up on tips, he said. During the course of the preliminary investigation, nothing was found that would indicate the existence of an imminent threat to the downtown business community, he emphasized.

No further details were being released at this time, he said.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding the homicide call the Detective Bureau at (847) 866-5040 or use Text-A-Tip by texting the word CRIMES (274637) and EPD Tip with text information.

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