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Autopsies inconclusive for brothers' deaths at Evanston tobacco shop

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EVANSTON, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Autopsies on two brothers who were found shot to death at their Evanston tobacco shop Tuesday night have proved inconclusive, pending the outcome of further investigation.

The bodies of the two men — identified as Azim Hakeem, 38, and Mobeen Hakeem, 34 — were found in the basement of the Evanston Pipe & Tobacco, 923 Davis Street.

Both victims, who lived in the 400 block of Custer Avenue in Evanston, appeared to have suffered at least one gunshot, authorities said. Autopsies performed on both men Thursday were inconclusive, pending the results of further investigation, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

"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 about 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.

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