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More than two weeks after two men were shot to death in their Davis Street tobacco shop, Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington says he sees a time-consuming investigation ahead to solve the case.

In an interview with Evanston Now, Eddington said investigators are looking at multiple sources of information and analyzing a significant amount of evidence removed from the shop at 923 Davis St.

The bodies of brothers Azim Hakeem, 38, and Mobeen Hakeem, 34, were found in the basement of their Evanston Pipe & Tobacco shop on Tuesday night July 30 by police responding to a request to check on their well being after they failed to respond to phone calls to the shop from a relative.

“This is going to be a pain-staking, time-consuming investigation,” the chief said.

He declined to speculate on whether one or more people may have been involved in the brothers’ deaths.

After initially saying there were no obvious signs of a robbery at the shop, police later said they couldn’t rule out robbery as a motive, because the brothers’ wallets were not found with their bodies.

And after initially labeling the case only as a “death investigation,” police concluded it was a murder case after autopsy results showed both brothers had suffered multiple gunshot wounds from what appeared to be a small caliber weapon.

Eddington said he’s assigned a talented group of investigators from his department to the case and they’re being assisted by officers from the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force.

Top: Officers outside the tobacco shop the morning after the murders.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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4 Comments

  1. How talented are they?

    How talented are they really since they can't solve any other crime in Evanston that is way more simple than this?  Is this a case of the smartest dumb person?

  2. “No quick arrest” is par for the course

    Typical keystone kop policing from EPD.  They still havent found the murderers of Junior Calvin and Marcus Davis.

    And even if they make an arrest, it doesn't necessarily mean much in terms of solving the crime.  They did arrest someone in the Davis murder, but the judge ruled in favor of the defendant largely because of the poor investigation and handling of evidence by EPD.

    Eddington will continue to make excuses as they bide time until people forget about the crime.  That is their MO.

  3. Give it time.

    1. While EPD is surely taking a leadership role in this case, the case is also largely being handled by the Northern Illinois Major Crimes Task Force — so to place the "blame" on EPD would be inaccurate.

    2. Murder cases, in general, are tough to solve, and they can only go off the evidence the police have, so give them some time to crack the case.   

  4. Too Much CSI

    It appears that those who are making comments about the Evanston Police Department and their inability to solve crimes becasuse of stupidity watch a little bit too much CSI. Crimes especially homicides are not solved in a nice little 1 hour package. Some are solved quickly and some take considerable effort and time. This crime was not committed on the street in view of witnesses or cameras. This crime took place in the basement of a little travelled smoke shop. Amazing to think because this is not solved in 2 weeks the police department is dumb. Why don't you check a recent cold case that resulted in an arrest years later. They didn't forget about that one did they? Kick back in your lazy boy, watch t.v. and be thankful you have people willing to work 24 hours a day so you can sleep soundly in your bed and get up and type hateful comments about dedicated men and women.

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