Mike Fakhoury doesn’t need to be reminded that it’s been five years since his brother was killed during a robbery inside Phoenix Liquors, 8814 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield. Every day, Mike unlocks the door to the business and occupies the space behind the counter where Bashar “Bob” Fakhoury was working on July 9, 2010.
Two men walked into the store just before closing time, around 10:30 p.m., intending to rob the business. Whether they intended on killing 38-year-old Bob Fakhoury when they entered isn’t known, but that’s what happened in any case.
At some point during the robbery, one of the men shot Fakhoury in the head, killing him. Police discovered Fakhoury on the floor of the business. They also found a handgun on the floor nearby; it was Fakhoury’s.
Witnesses gave police descriptions of the two men who ran from the scene, but they were gone by the time police arrived. The Fakhoury family offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of Bob’s killer, an amount that was upped to $20,000 at the one-year anniversary of the event.
The $20,000 reward remains in place, Mike Fakhoury said last week in an interview inside Phoenix Liquors on July 10, a day after the five-year anniversary of his brother’s death.
“There’s not a day I don’t think about him,” Mike said. “He was a very, very close brother. I couldn’t forget him if I wanted to.”
Bob Fakhoury’s widow and two children, who are still under the age of 10, have moved back to their native Jordan. They lived in the south suburbs prior to Bob Fakhoury’s death.
Mike says he stays in touch with the family through video chats and continues to support his brother’s family.
Meanwhile, Brookfield police have been stymied in their efforts to find a suspect. The business did not have video surveillance cameras at the time of the incident, and no one has come forward with information.
Recently, Brookfield police paid Mike Fakhoury a visit at the store to let him know they haven’t given up on finding the man who killed his brother.
“It’s certainly something we don’t forget,” said Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak. “Even with the time that’s gone by, it’s always on our mind. We wanted to let the family know that it’s still an active investigation and that we want to resolve it and make an arrest.”
Mike Fakhoury said he appreciated the gesture but seemed resigned to the possibility that the crime might never be solved.
“I’m always hopeful that justice will prevail, but there’s a small glimmer of hope,” he said. “[Hoping] is all we can do in this day and age.”