Millionaire tech entrepreneur found decapitated, dismembered on Lower East Side of New York City

Gokada tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh was found dismembered and left in bags inside his multi-million dollar condo on the Lower East Side.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Tech entrepreneur dismembered in Manhattan condo
Candace McCowan has an update on the victim and the investigation

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan -- Police have identified the man whose body was found dismembered and left in bags inside his multi-million dollar condo on the Lower East Side. He is 33-year-old Fahim Saleh of the 200 block of East Houston Street.

Police were continuing their investigation Wednesday morning and apparently have video of the victim with a suspect inside the building.

Authorities responded to the scene on the 7th floor at 365 East Houston St. just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A woman who says she is best friends with the victim said police found the body inside the $2.4 million condo after a neighbor heard screaming and "loud noises" on Monday.

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She said the neighbor called the victim's sister who checked on him and found his dismembered body in his condo.

His limbs and head were stuffed in bags in the living room.

Our sister station's NewsCopter 7 was overhead as an officer helped his sister and her brother's dog to a police car.

Police sources say there is video of the victim, a tech entrepreneur, with his killer in the building Monday.

The condos in the building are full-floor and the keyed elevator opens right into the apartment.

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Inside the man's living room, sources say it appeared the killer worked hard to cover their tracks, but was perhaps interrupted or got spooked before getting rid of the evidence.

"I've never met anyone like him, he's always on the go, extremely positive, uplifting, the glass is half full, just a really really, good friend who's always always there for you," the victim's friend said.

It remains unclear how the victim died. Investigators are on the scene to examine the remains for trauma that would have caused his death.

Gokada, ride-sharing startup company based in Nigeria that was co-founded by Fahim Saleh, released the following statement Wednesday through its Twitter account:

We are deeply saddened to inform you about the sudden and tragic loss of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh. Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us. Our hearts go out to his friends, family and all those feeling the pain and heartbreak we are currently experiencing, here at Gokada. Fahim's vision and belief in us will be with us forever, and we will miss him dearly. Thank you for understanding as we get through this.