Tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh was discovered dismembered at his New York City condo this week.
The remains of the 33-year-old were found on Tuesday by his sister who, after being alerted by a neighbor who heard "loud noises," looked in on his luxury home. There she saw Saleh had been subject to an unusually brutal slaying: his torso was left out on the floor while his legs and head were placed in multiple bags.
According to local news, security cameras placed in common areas of his condo building captured footage of Saleh and his assumed killer. The surveillance video shows Saleh and the presumed killer entering an elevator on their way to his $2.4m residence.
Police believe the killer planned to carefully cover their tracks but was interrupted or scared off. No motive for the slaying has been suggested.
The entrepreneur was most recently known for his work founding Gokada, a motorcycle ride-sharing app maker that has gained popularity in Nigeria. The company marked their CEO's passing with a memorial post.
We at Gokada are shocked and saddened to hear that Fahim Saleh, our founder and CEO, passed away under tragic circumstances in New York earlier this week. pic.twitter.com/LcsAqxlfOR— Gokada - We do delivery now (@GokadaNG) July 15, 2020
More recently Gokada, and other two and three-wheeled ride-hailing services, were facing a ban in parts of Nigeria's capital Lagos, and the company had been forced to lay off staff and pivot to food delivery.
As a teenager Saleh turned a prank call app into a $10m business. He graduated from Bentley University in Massachusetts before heading off to make a name for himself in New York as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a net worth of $150m.
"At the end of the day, you need to make sure it’s something you’re truly passionate about," Saleh said of his early ventures. "If you go into a project entirely focused on making money, you’re going to be disappointed." ®