Family not convinced that bank robber killed Evanston brothers

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Still not convinced they’ve gotten the answers they need, the sister and mother of Azim and Mobeen Hakeem are questioning the latest developments in the brothers’ murders.

Evanston police say 29-year-old Kevin Ross, a suspect in several bank robberies who was shot and killed by police December 16th, has now been tied to the Hakeem murders.

They believe Ross played a role in the shooting deaths of the brothers on July 30th, in the basement of their Evanston cigar shop.

The victims’ sister, Farheen Hakeem, said “I believe this is a lead of convenience. This is an opportunity for them to say ‘alright family, you can now be quiet because we have a suspect and that suspect is dead and there’s nothing we can do.”

In a statement, Evanston police admit Kevin Ross was never on their radar until he became a suspect in the bank robberies and a search of his apartment “unveiled the victim’s identification and other items linking Ross to the crime scene.”

“There are no indicators that ross acted with another person or persons at this time,” they say,” but is not being ruled out.”

Farheen Hakeem said she is “Really concerned that the Evanston police is going to the media and saying ‘we found a lead and now you can get off our backs.”

The Hakeem family, hope that their case will get a fresh look with new eyes, potentially from the FBI, who’s now on the bank robberies or by the Illinois State Police, who may look into the officer involved shooting that killed Kevin Ross this last week.  They say their confidence in Evanston’s investigation is on shaky ground.

“I honestly thought that they were in over their head. Like they needed help. They needed someone to come in and look at this case and they haven’t had a lead at all until this. And even with this lead the only suspect there is now dead,” Farheen said.

Evanston police say the FBI is welcome to look at any evidence in the case and that the investigation maintains integrity and continues to be handled in a thorough manner.

Assurances that are questioned by a family still looking for answers.

“This is not justice.  This is not justice,” the victims’ mother, Mahjabeen Hakeem, said “This is not the way they should handle the case.”

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  • colaman

    The gun wasn't found in his storage locker, only shell casings that matched the same type of shells used at the scene of the murders. And the police told the family months ago they had the brothers IDs, which conveniently show up in a dead suspect's locker.