Sister of Murdered and Dismembered Tech Entrepreneur Speaks Out

Posted on: August 14th, 2020 at 5:03 am by

Photo: Fahim Saleh’s Instagram

Exactly one month after 33-year-old tech entrepreneur, Fahim Saleh, was brutally murdered and dismembered in his Lower East Side apartment, his sister is speaking out with a memoir on Medium.

In the blog post published yesterday, Ruby Saleh recounts her relationship with Fahim and her sorrow over his death. She said that her brother was healthy, vibrant and creative, and was initially in denial upon hearing the news that he “wasn’t with us anymore.”

While we were growing up, I felt more like a mother to Fahim than a sister. When he was a toddler too wild to finish a meal, I ran after him with spoonfuls of rice and chicken. I gave him baths, I changed his diapers, and I was petrified the first time I saw his nose bleed.

On July, 13th 2020, exactly one month ago, my brother returned from a three-mile run and was murdered in his apartment. Sometimes it still doesn’t feel real that Fahim is gone. And sometimes it feels too precisely like the cruel, heinous, and unbearable reality that it is, letting me see nothing but darkness and feel nothing but piercing pain in every quadrant of my heart.

On Sunday, July 19th, 2020, my family and I had to bury my sweet brother in the Hudson Valley. I had to arrange my beautiful boy’s funeral. Three days prior, the funeral home called to report that it would not be possible to sew his limbs and head back onto his torso before burial. Upon receiving that news, I closed my eyes and crossed my arms over my chest like a Pharaoh, squeezing my phone against my body.

The Saleh family is demanding justice, as the suspect, Fahim’s former assistant, Tyrese Haspil of Brooklyn, sits in police custody. He is charged with murder.

Police said Fahim’s head, arms and legs had been cut off, and body parts stashed in bags at his condo on East Houston. An electric saw was found near his body, still plugged into the socket. Investigators also opined that Fahim’s cousin interrupted the suspect in the middle of a cleanup. The city medical examiner determined that before Fahim was dismembered, he died from multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso.

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