Police: Evanston brothers found in cigar shop were murdered

For the first time, police are saying the two brothers killed in Evanston last week were murdered.

Azim Hakeem, 38, and Mobeen Hakeem, 34, were both shot to death in the basement of their family’s tobacco shop a week ago.

Police, whose description of the killings was included in a Tuesday news release from the city, said they have no suspects and that they haven’t ruled out robbery as a motive. There were no initial signs that anything was taken from the store, authorities said, but the brothers’ wallets have yet to turn up.

An official with the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which has not ruled on the manner or cause of the brothers’ deaths, said Tuesday that such determinations “are pending further police investigation.”

Their sister says not many people knew, the building had a basement.

Police have no suspects, but they did take a computer from the family’s home.

Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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