Murdered Lincoln Park pawn shop owner was husband, father

A Lincoln Park pawn shop owner was fatally shot Tuesday night, shocking his family and the community. 

The brother of 29-year-old Platinum Pawnshop owner Mouhammed Hassan says his brother wasn't just his other half. He was also a husband and father.

"He left behind a wife, a 2-year-old and a daughter on the way," said Ali Hassan. "He never meant any harm to anybody."

The Lincoln Park co-owner whose store at 1379 Dix had been in the area the past four years, was closing up shop at the time of the incident, police say.

Mouhammed had called his family before heading home.

"He didn't get to make it," Ali said.

When he didn't show, Hassan's father went to the store looking for him,  finding it ransacked and Mouhammed shot and killed. His cell phone and other items inside had been stolen. 

"My brother was a caring guy, very nice to the community," Ali said.

Lincoln Park police say they're actively investigating, reviewing surveillance cameras from inside as well as those from surrounding businesses to find the suspects.

"You don't have to kill the guy," said Les Gold. "There are situations, there's robberies, every state, every city and you have to be ready for that. But to kill the individual, that's horrible," 

Gold, the pawnbroker of American Jewelry and Loan and featured on the reality show  "Hardcore Pawn," says he feels deeply for Hassan's loved ones.

"Pawn brokers are brothers we all have each other's back," Gold said. "When a situation comes up like this, we all have an issue with it. I pray for the family."

As Lincoln Park police continue to investigate, Hassan's family is pleading for answers.

"We want justice," Ali said. "Because justice is not served right now and these guys are out on the run."
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