Bensenville police offered a cash reward and some additional details Thursday in hopes of spurring new leads in the shooting death of a convenience store clerk.
Police Chief Frank Kosman said the village board has authorized a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the two men wanted for the Jan. 19 murder of Hussein Saghir, 36, who was shot to death during an apparent botched robbery.
The chief said investigators believe the men drove away from Sam’s Tobacco and Food Mart at 235 W. Irving Park Road in a light-colored Ford Windstar van possibly manufactured between 2001 and 2003.
Kosman said surveillance footage showed the van drive past the store shortly before the shooting. And the van can be seen in the moments after the shooters fled, turning east out of the parking lot. Investigators do not have any license plate information about the van, the chief said.
A security camera captured footage of the confrontation between the men and Saghir, and Kosman said police have been able to enhance the images to provide a more complete description. The suspects are described as black men, between 17 and 22 years old, and between 5 foot 3 and 5 foot 5.
The shooter was wearing a maroon hoodie with a large text “Abercrombie” on the left sleeve and blue jeans, possibly the “True Religion” brand. The second man was wearing a black hoodie with a chest-width white rectangular logo with black cursive writing, possibly a “Mossimo” logo.
Enhanced still photos of the shooters can be seen at the Village of Bensenville’s website, along with the reward information and a photo of a van similar to the one police are seeking.
Saghir was locking up the store just before 6 p.m. when the two men confronted him outside. He resisted their attempts to push him back inside and Kosman said it was because Saghir knew that a young relative, a 4-year-old boy, was inside.
The men did not take any cash, but Kosman said investigators had no reason to believe the shooting was anything other than a botched hold-up.
Saghir’s wife, Hanan Faraj, attended Thursday’s news conference, along with other family members.
“I just hope they catch them as soon as they can,” she said. “It really has shattered my life and my family’s life. We all miss him dearly.”
Her brother, Kamal Faraj, said the family hoped the reward would generate new information.
“I’m sure someone out there knows something about these two barbarians,” he said.