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Fahim Saleh was a role model and a man with an 'indomitable will," his friend and business partner Ahmed Fahad wrote. Saleh, a John Jay High School graduate who became an internet mogul from his parents' Hopewell Junction home was found dismembered in his luxury Manhattan condo, police said Wednesday. Fahim Saleh, 33, was found at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday inside his apartment on East Houston Street on the Lower East Side. An electric saw was left behind, police said Wednesday. Responding officers discovered a clothed torso, bags containing a head and arms and the electric saw in the living room, police said.
Investigators also recovered security video showing Saleh exiting an elevator that leads directly into the full-floor, two-bedroom apartment earlier Tuesday afternoon closely followed by someone dressed entirely in black, including a mask, according to a law enforcement official who was briefed on the case. It also shows a struggle between the two ensuing at the entrance to the apartment, said the official, who wasn't authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Saleh was the chief executive officer of a ride-hailing motorcycle startup called Gokada that began operating in Nigeria in 2018. The company confirmed his death on Twitter Wednesday and said, "Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us." Saleh listed Poughkeepsie as his hometown on his Facebook page, but according to Journal archives he lived in Hopewell Junction and graduated from John Jay in 2005. "At first, the sites only netted a few bucks a month in revenue – which was still pretty cool to my 16-year-old mind – but after I teamed up with another young developer, Kyle Kapper, I began bringing in real income," Saleh wrote.
BEHEADED CEO Fahim Saleh's Nigeria start-up company Gokada was in trouble and cops believe his death was "financially motivated." The 33-year-old was found dismembered inside a luxury apartment in New York's Lower East Side on Tuesday afternoon. A source told Daily News that the killer bolted via a staircase after Saleh's sister buzzed up to the apartment and got into the elevator. 9 Fahim Saleh's headless body was found on Tuesday Credit: Instagram 9 Fahim Saleh was found headless and dismembered inside his Lower East Side apartment Credit: Peter Gerber According to Saleh's LinkedIn, he is the CEO and founder of Gokada, a motorcycle ridesharing app in Lagos, Nigeria. Following his death, Saleh's former Co-Founder at Gokada, Deji Oduntan, tweeted: "I am utterly shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Fahim's death. 9 Police are seen outside the luxury apartment building Credit: Peter Gerber 9 Saleh was found dead in his $2.25million New York City apartment Credit: Instagram 9 According to Saleh's LinkedIn, he is the CEO and founder of Gokada, a motorcycle ridesharing app in Lagos, Nigeria Credit: Instagram In a statement, the Gokada team said: "It is with deep sadness and regret that we have to inform you about the sudden and tragic passing of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh.
Police were seen at the building in East Houston Street - a location that features in social media posts from Saleh when he moved into his new home. We are deeply saddened to inform you about the sudden and tragic loss of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh. Gokada confirmed his death in a tweet on Wednesday, describing him as a "great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us." Fahim Saleh, the tech entrepreneur behind bike-hailing apps Gokada and Pathao, has been found dead and dismembered at his luxury condo in New York City, according to multiple reports. Saleh, 33, was found decapitated and dismembered inside a condo he owned in Manhattan on Tuesday, the NYPD told the New York Times and the New York Daily News. Authorities said they initially found the victim's torso near an electric saw inside the apartment. Saleh's sister originally found the body inside his luxury condo, police said. The video appeared to show Saleh near the building's elevator with a person in a black suit and mask, one official told the Times. The video purportedly shows the masked person following Saleh to his apartment and then getting into a physical altercation with him. Saleh was born in Saudi Arabia to a Bangladeshi family and moved around a lot before his parents brought him to New York, according to a 2016 profile about him. As an adult, he launched Pathao and Gokada, a pair of motorcycle ride-sharing apps based in Bangladesh and Nigeria, respectively. Gokada founder Fahim Saleh is shown in Lagos, Nigeria, in this image posted to his Instagram account on April 12, 2018. "We are shocked and saddened to hear the reports of the death of Fahim Saleh, one of the founding members of the Pathao team," Pathao wrote on Instagram. Gokada described Saleh as a "great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us" in a tweet on Wednesday morning. A post from December 2019 shows a photo of the condo building where police say he was killed. Fahim Saleh's condo building is shown in New York City. Saleh's condo is worth more than US$2 million, according to reports. A tech entrepreneur whose body was found dismembered in his luxury condo in New York City was a passionate executive with an interest in the developing world, former colleagues said Wednesday. Fahim Saleh, a 33-year-old venture capitalist and CEO of Nigeria-based startup Gokada, was discovered Tuesday in his apartment on Manhattan's Lower East Side, according to New York Police Department officials.