Funeral service held for slain Evanston brothers

Patrick Svitek, Summer Editor

The family of Azim and Mobeen Hakeem remembered the slain Evanston brothers at a funeral service this afternoon as authorities offered no new information about their deaths.

Azim Hakeem, 38, and Mobeen Hakeem, 34, were found fatally shot Tuesday night in the basement of Evanston Pipe & Tobacco, 923 Davis St., police said. Relatives believe the brothers were working at the shop previously run by their father when they were taken to the basement and shot multiple times.

Qudrat Syed, the brothers’ uncle, said this evening that their family remains “in deep grief” as they wait for more information from police. Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott declined to comment this evening on the status of the investigation.

The service was held 1:45 p.m. today at the Muslim Community Center in Chicago, said Haroon Firdausi, a director of Muslim Funeral Services. The brothers were buried about an hour later.

Syed said the brothers’ family still has “no idea at all” why they were killed.

Autopsies were completed Thursday on the brothers, but the cause and manner of their deaths remain “pending further investigation,” according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The brothers’ bodies were released at about 4 p.m. Thursday from the medical examiner’s office to Muslim Funeral Services.

— Patrick Svitek