(CNN) — A 33-year-old CEO of a technology company was found dismembered in a luxury condo in New York, a law enforcement source told CNN.
The New York Police Department confirmed that a man had been found dead Tuesday in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The source identified the man as tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh, a venture capitalist and CEO of Gokada, a Nigerian motorcycle company.
Saleh was last seen in surveillance footage Monday night riding the elevator at his apartment building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the source said.
A man dressed all in black – who, according to police, is suspected of being Saleh’s attacker – is seen in the video entering the elevator with him, according to the official. The elevator in Saleh’s building goes directly to the apartment units there, the source said.
Once inside Saleh’s apartment, the alleged assailant began attacking him, the source said.
When the CEO’s sister went to see him, she discovered Saleh’s torso in an area next to the living room, the official said.
Other parts of his body were put into individual bags in the apartment, the source said.
Police have yet to determine a motive behind the gruesome attack, the source said. The NYPD is investigating how the attacker got out of the apartment building.
Gokada confirmed Saleh’s “sudden and tragic” death in Twitter.
“Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us,” wrote the company. “Our hearts go out to his friends, family and all those who feel the pain and anguish that we are currently experiencing, here in Gokada. All updates and changes will be communicated, as they develop. Forever in our hearts.
CNN has reached out to the NYPD’s office of the coroner and police for further comment.
As a high school student, Saleh founded PrankDial.com, a website for pre-recorded prank phone calls that, he wrote in 2018, had generated more than $ 10 million since its inception. He continued to create and sell sites throughout his teens and his time at Bentley University.
Most recently, he founded venture capital firm Adventure Capital, which invested in start-ups of rideshare companies in countries such as Bangladesh and Colombia.
On Medium, where he blogged regularly, he called his Gokada foundation “one of the most important things I’ve ever done.” His limited knowledge of the Nigerian transportation system was initially cause for rejection of the Nigerians he tried to recruit for his venture.
The company raised more than US $ 5 million and hired more than 800 drivers, but Gokada’s business took a hit earlier this year when Lagos banned commercial motorcycles in the city. Saleh filmed a passionate plea on behalf of its employees to lift the ban. Meanwhile, the company focused on home deliveries and was working to launch a boat transport servicehe told CNN in February.