Evanston police continue to investigate the death of two brothers found in their Davis Street tobacco shop Tuesday night.

Results of autopsies completed Thursday confirmed that the two had suffered gunshot wounds, but left determination of the manner and cause of death unresolved, pending further investigation.

Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said Friday afternoon that detectives were actively working on a number of issues related to the case, but he declined to provide any additional information, saying release of additional details could jeopardize the investigation.

Police have said there was no indication at the scene that the store had been robbed. Parrott declined to say whether a weapon or weapons had been found at the scene.

The bodies of the brothers, Azim Hakeem, 38, and Mobeen Hakeem, 34,were found in the basement of the Evanston Pipe & Tobacco shop at 923 Davis St. by officers asked by a relative to check the property after the men failed to respond to phone calls.

The family-owned shop has been at that location for at least three decades and the brothers had run it for the past five years since their father became disabled.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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