Reward increased 1 year after Brookfield fatal shooting

July 8, 2011 3:01:33 PM PDT
One year after a suburban businessman was shot and killed during a robbery, the gunman remains at large.

A reward in the case has been doubled to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Brookfield liquor store owner Bashar "Bob" Fakhouri was killed on July 9, 2010, just before he closed up for the night. Witnesses tell police two suspects entered Phoenix Liquors and robbed the 38-year-old husband and father of two young children. Before fleeing, one of the robbers shot and killed him.

Brookfield detectives continue to follow leads surrounding the attack. On Friday morning, Fakhouri's family along with police renewed their calls for help and information from the public.

"It would mean a great deal to me and the whole family just to have closure on this subject. A day doesn't go by that we don't think of him. I see him in my dreams every other day, you know? So I'd like to put closure on it," said Basel Fakhouri, victim's brother.

"Somebody out there knows something about this case, and someone has some pertinent information. We want them to bring that forward. We have a tip line set up and we're hoping that someone will call and provide some information. We had that tip line set up early on in the investigation and we still have it today," said Lt. Edward Petrak, Brookfield Police Department.

Fakhouri's murder was shocking to many in the quiet western suburb who remember him as a people person who was always in a good mood. Fellow business owner Mike Zoppa has been left ill at ease by the violence.

"You're always keeping an eye out on who's coming in your door. That sense of security's gone. I'm always turning, always checking my back," Zoppa told ABC7.

Although his brother is gone, Basel Fakhouri reopened the store with a new partner -- a state of the art surveillance system -- while he and his family wait for someone out there to help bring them justice.

"They'll be doing me a favor, and hopefully someone they never met, by stopping it from happening again," said Fakhouri.

The Brookfield Police Department tip line number is 708-485-1741. Authorities are asking anyone with any information about the case to call police.

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