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Two Men Killed in Apparent Home Invasion Have Been Identified

By Erica Demarest | January 19, 2014 8:43am | Updated on January 20, 2014 3:51pm
 Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two men in South Chicago.
Two shot dead in South Chicago
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CHICAGO — Two men were killed during an apparent home invasion, and three others were wounded in shootings Saturday night and Sunday.

About 5 a.m. Sunday, police found two men — who had died of gunshot wounds — inside a building in the 9100 block of South Commercial Avenue, according to Officer Michael Sullivan, a police spokesman.

Police said the victims — who were later identified as Salah Yousef Jaber Muhieddin, 35, and Harb Ibraihim Yousef Mohyddin, 18 — were killed during an apparent home invasion.

The two men, who were related, had emigrated from Egypt, neighbors who knew the men said. Muhieddin, who was Mohyddin's uncle, had moved to Chicago from Egypt about six months ago, said Ivan Vega, who works in the store directly below where the men were killed. The 18-year-old Mohyddin had lived in the neighborhood for years with his grandparents, neighbors said, but his grandparents had moved back to Egypt recently.

The two men were shot about 4:30 a.m. Sunday during an apparent home invasion, police said. After the shooting, Muhieddin knocked on his neighbors door asking for help. The neighbor, who did not have a phone, was eventually able to flag down a police car, but when paramedics arrived, Muhieddin and his nephew were already dead.

The two men were pronounced dead on the scene at 5:23 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

On Sunday afternoon, police tape still cordoned off part of the sidewalk in the largely commercial block. A forensics van sat parked in front of J. Carolina Hosiery Wholesale, 9129 S. Commercial Ave.

Darlene Hudson, who has lived in South Chicago for 18 years, said she wasn't surprised by Sunday's shooting.

"It's a high-crime area to me," Hudson said. "It's not the first time there's been shootings on Commercial." 

Last summer, Telkia Burns was fatally shot during a robbery on the same South Chicago block. The 33-year-old Navy veteran was near his apartment on Aug. 25 when a gunman walked up, demanded cash and eventually shot Burns in his head.

On Aug. 4, a 54-year-old man was wounded when he was shot in his ankle in the same block.

Hudson, who has five school-aged children, said she worries about her kids walking to and from classes.

In other weekend shootings:

• A 27-year-old man was shot in his right leg around 5 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of West 71st Street, police said. He was taken in stable condition to Saint Bernard Hospital.

• A man in his 20s was shot in Avalon Park while shoveling snow about 10 a.m. Sunday, police said.

• A 35-year-old man was shot in his ankle in Lincoln Square Saturday night. The victim was arguing with several men in an alley in the 5000 block of North Lincoln Avenue when someone pulled a gun around 10:55 p.m., Sullivan said.

The victim was shot in his ankle and treated at Saint Francis Hospital. No one was in custody.