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Executive assistant charged with murder and dismemberment of tech entrepreneur

ByRichard Moran

Jul 18, 2020
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Fahim Saleh‘s executive assistant faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the dismemberment of the tech entrepreneur at his luxury Manhattan condo, police said Friday.

The assistant was identified by police as Tyrese Haspil, 21, who handled Saleh’s finances. He allegedly owed Saleh tens of thousands of dollars, and was on a repayment plan, a law enforcement official said.

Saleh, 33, was found dead in his Lower East Side apartment on Tuesday, a law enforcement source told CNN

When Saleh’s sister rang the doorbell to his condo, the assistant was allegedly dismembering his body with an electrical saw and fled, according to the official.

Saleh died of multiple stab wounds, New York City’s medical examiner said on Thursday.

He was last seen in surveillance video getting into an elevator in his apartment building and a man dressed in all black — who police believe is Saleh’s assailant — entering the elevator with him, according to the law enforcement official.

The elevator in Saleh’s building goes straight into the apartment units there, the source said.

Saleh died from stab wounds to the neck and torso; the manner of death was homicide, according to the medical examiner.

Saleh, the son of Bangladeshi immigrants, was the founder and CEO of Gokada, a motorbike-hailing app in Nigeria.

He most recently founded the venture capital firm Adventure Capital — which invested in ride-sharing start-ups in countries like Bangladesh and Colombia.

‘Fahim is more than what you are reading’

Saleh’s family recalled his “brilliant and innovative mind” in a statement confirming his death this week.

“The headlines talk about a crime we still cannot fathom,” the statement said. “Fahim is more than what you are reading. He is so much more. His brilliant and innovative mind took everyone who was a part of his world on a journey and he made sure never to leave anyone behind.

“There are no words or actions to provide any of us comfort except the capture of the person who exhibited nothing short of evil upon our loved one.”

While still in high school, Saleh founded PrankDial.com, a website for prerecorded prank phone calls that, he wrote in 2018, had generated over $10 million since its start. He continued to build and sell sites throughout his teens and his time at Bentley University in Massachusetts.

Over the years, Saleh sought to propel the careers of other young people in the tech industry.

On Medium, where he blogged regularly, Saleh called his founding of Gokada “one of the most out there things” he’d ever done. His limited knowledge of Nigeria’s transportation system at first turned off Nigerians he tried to recruit for his start-up.

In 2019, Gokada raised $5.3 million in seed funding and hired over 800 drivers, but Gokada’s business hit an unexpected drawback in February when Lagos state banned commercial motorcycles in the city.

Saleh filmed an impassioned plea on behalf of his employees to lift the ban as the company pivoted to delivery and worked toward launching a boat hailing service, he told CNN in February.

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Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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