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Police seek further tests on brothers found dead in Evanston tobacco shop

Azim Hakeem (left) Mobeen Hakeem (right) with father Mohammed Abdul Hakeem.  |  Family photo

Azim Hakeem (left) and Mobeen Hakeem (right) with father Mohammed Abdul Hakeem. | Family photo

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Pending further forensic testing, Evanston Police said Thursday they will not release more details on the shooting deaths of two brothers found Tuesday night in the basement of Evanston Pipe & Tobacco.

A Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office representative confirmed that the office had completed testing on the brothers, Azin Hakeem, 38, and Mobeen Hakeem, 34, who were found in the basement at 923 Davis St. Both sustained at least one gunshot wound.

Police were waiting for results of the medical examiner’s tests to piece together the events.

The bodies were found after a family member saw a padlock on the door of the tobacco shop and called police.

A family friend said the victims’ mother had become concerned about an hour earlier because the brothers had not returned home for a traditional meal the devout Muslim family planned to break their Ramadan fast.

Family members have not responded to requests for interviews.

Both brothers attended Evanston Township High School.

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

Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott, the department’s public information officer, said Thursday afternoon that he couldn’t be sure when police would issue the next update.



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