Pathao and Gokada confirmed his death in separate statements Wednesday morning.
Saleh, 33, was found beheaded and dismembered in 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 chest near an electric saw inside the apartment. They later found his limbs and several large garbage bags.
Saleh’s sister initially found the body in her luxury apartment, police said.
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A forensic scientist has not yet determined the cause of death and investigators are still examining the surveillance video of the incident.
The video appears to show Saleh near the building’s elevator with a person in a black suit and mask, an official told The Times. The video allegedly shows the masked person following Saleh to his apartment, then begins a physical argument with him.
ABC 7 also reported the existence of the video, citing anonymous police sources.
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Saleh was born in Saudi Arabia to a Bangladeshi family and moved a lot before his parents took him to New York, according to a 2016 profile for him. He learned to code at a young age and developed several applications, including a playful one called PrankDial.
As an adult, he launched Pathao and Gokada, a pair of motorcycle ride sharing apps based in Bangladesh and Nigeria respectively.
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He described himself on LinkedIn as “an investor who finds things”.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear reports of the death of Fahim Saleh, one of the founding members of the Pathao team,” Pathao wrote on Instagram.
“Fahim believed in the potential of technology to transform lives in Bangladesh and beyond. He saw the promise in us when all we had was a common goal and a shared vision. “
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Gokada described Saleh as “a great leader, an inspiration and a positive light for all of us” in a tweet Wednesday morning.
Saleh’s social media accounts were still visible Wednesday afternoon. A December 2019 article shows a photo of the building where the police say he was killed.
“My house,” he wrote in the post.
Saleh’s condo is worth over $ 2 million US, according to reports. It covers the entire seventh floor of the building and is mainly accessible via a key lift, reports ABC 7.
The investigation is ongoing.
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