Mutilated body of murdered tech millionaire ‘rebuilt’ for funeral by family

The mourning sister of a millionaire tech entrepreneur who was brutally mutilated in his own home has explained how his body was rebuilt the day before his funeral.

Fahim Saleh, 33, was decapitated and dismembered with an electric saw at his Manhattan apartment July 13.

His executive assistant, 21-year-old Tyrese Devon Haspel, has been charged with his murder as police allege he had embezzled $100,000 (£76k) of the millionaire's company.

He has pleaded not guilty to the grisly killing.

Ruby Angela Saleh, 41, has now penned an emotional essay explaining how her brother’s corpse was put back together in a way for his funeral.

She described her brother as a “vibrant and beautiful” individual and relived how she first heard of his horrific killing.

Ruby had to identify his body remotely due to the pandemic after her cousin had tried to visit him only to find his chopped-up remains.

She wrote: "She found his torso in his living room. My sister said ‘I have to go I’m with the detective’.

"I dropped the phone and crawled onto the wooden floor, touching its cold, hard surface with the palms of my hands. I shook my head. 'No, no,' I said, my hair falling on my face. 'What are they saying?'"

She went on: "I looked up at my husband. He was already crying as if he had accepted these words about my brother as truth. His crying didn't make sense to me because this news couldn't possibly be real.

"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.

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"30 years later, I was learning that Fahim's head and limbs had been discarded in a trash bag."

Ruby explained that she was tasked with organising her funeral when she was told they would not be able to reconnect her brother’s limbs.

She begged for them to at least place them in the casket, somewhat rebuilding his figure.

Ruby wrote: "Upon receiving that news, I closed my eyes and crossed my arms over my chest like a Pharaoh, squeezing my phone against my body. My hands formed first that I pushed into my heart with all my strength to contain my pain.

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"Then I pleaded with the man to make sure all of my sweet brother's body parts were in their proper places in the casket."

The funeral home contacted her the day before the funeral and said they were able to do it.

Her brother was covered in a sheet and had icepacks on his torso.

The grieving family were then able to say goodbye as he was lowered into the ground with his parts in place.

Ruby wrote: "As the cemetery workers lowered my brother's casket into the ground, my father stood at the head of the grave and shouted, "Fahim, don't go. Fahim, don't go. Fahim, Fahim, Fahim, Fahim…."

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