2 Brothers Found Dead in Evanston Cigar Shop

Azeem Hakeem and Mubeen Hakeem were shot multiple times and found in the basement of the store, family members said

By Michelle Relerford
|  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013  |  Updated 8:46 PM CDT
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Police have few clues and aren't calling it a murder investigation, but they do confirm they found the bodies of Mobeen and Azim Hakeem in the basement of their Evanston family's tobacco.

Police have few clues and aren't calling it a murder investigation, but they do confirm they found the bodies of Mobeen and Azim Hakeem in the basement of their Evanston family's tobacco.

Two brothers were found dead overnight in the basement of an Evanston tobacco shop, family members said.

The victims, identified by family as 38-year-old Azeem Hakeem and 34-year-old Mubeen Hakeem, were both shot multiple times inside the store in the 900 block of Davis Street.

Relatives at the scene said the victims' mother was worried when her sons didn't return home from working at the shop Tuesday evening, so she went to the store. She found a suspicious padlock on the door and noticed the open sign was lit but the lights were off inside, and she called police.

Officers searched the store and found the men's bodies in the basement.

Family members said the brothers were running the tobacco shop to support their mother and 80-year-old disabled father.

"Who could do this kind of thing to these beautiful kids," the brothers' uncle Qudrat Syed said. "We are in a state of shock right now."

Police weren't releasing much information Wednesday morning as forensic teams continued collecting evidence. Evanston Police were being assisted by the Mayor Crimes Task Force.

The family says they have no clue who would do something like this or why.

An official with the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said autopsies wouldn't be complete until Thursday morning.

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