On one current event, Mr. Saleh requested Mr. Rametra to hitch him for a recreation of tennis, however Mr. Rametra mentioned he didn’t have a racket, he recalled.
“He was like, ‘I already got you one, let’s go,’” Mr. Rametra mentioned, crying. “I never got to play with him.”
Mr. Rametra, 31, additionally lauded Mr. Saleh’s enterprise acumen, saying that his pal was a visionary who was at all times seeking to his subsequent thought.
“He was a machine, dude, he never stopped,” Mr. Rametra mentioned. “He was always trying to make money.”
Mr. Saleh grew up close to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in keeping with public data. As a teen, he realized to code and started to develop web sites, his mates mentioned. He graduated from Bentley University, a small faculty in Waltham, Mass., in 2009 with a level in laptop data methods, in keeping with his LinkedIn profile.
On social media, in interviews and weblog posts, Mr. Saleh depicted himself as an entrepreneur pushed by ardour.
“Entrepreneurs are the ones that really change countries, that really change cities,” Mr. Saleh mentioned in a YouTube video in February. “They’re the ones that bring the vision.”
After faculty, Mr. Saleh turned his love for sensible jokes right into a prank-calling app named PrankDial, which allowed customers to purchase prerecorded calls to ship to mates.