The body of Fahim Saleh, the successful founder of several startups and sons of Bangladeshi immigrants, was discovered by his sister on Tuesday after she came to see her brother, whom she had not seen in a day.
According to New York Daily News, Mr. Saleh’s body was found near an electric saw and contractor bags. He was beheaded, his limbs dismembered from the torso in what police sources described at New York Post like “professional” murder.
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A second man could be seen on a surveillance video following Mr. Saleh in the elevator of the building, according to the Daily News, put on a suit, hat, gloves and a face mask. A source told the newspaper, “The culprit had a suitcase. He was very professional. ”
Mr. Saleh can then be seen on the video exiting the elevator upstairs where his apartment was before falling to the ground. It was not immediately known what had caused the victim’s collapse.
Neighbors said they watched the police escort two women who came to the apartment after the murder, appearing “hysterical” and “incredulous” before leaving with detectives. A medium-sized dog was also taken from Mr. Saleh’s apartment.
The 33-year-old was the CEO of Gokadang, a motorcycle sharing app in Lagos, Nigeria, as well as a founding partner of Adventure Capital. He also co-founded a ride company called Pathao in Nepal and Bangladesh, and was previously CEO of KickBack Apps, which included several phone apps like “PrankDial” and “PrankPad”.
His LinkedIn described him as “finding good people, avoiding oncoming traffic and creating value”.
Confirming his death in a press release, Gokada wrote in a press release: “We are deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden and tragic loss of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh. ”
Pathao co-founder Hussein M Elius said about Saleh in statement to Bangladesh Daily Star: “Fahim believed in the potential of technology to transform lives in Bangladesh and beyond. ”
He added, “He saw the promise in us when all we had was a common goal and a shared vision. He has been and will forever remain an incredible inspiration for Pathao and our entire ecosystem. ”
Police have yet to disclose a reason for the murder. A NYPD press secretary did not immediately return requests for comment.