Chattanooga woman visiting her would-be husband's grave in wedding dress gains international attention

Chattanooga woman visiting her would-be husband's grave in wedding dress gains international attention

World shares story, images of grieving Chattanooga woman

March 12th, 2019 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Clad in a wedding dress, Sara Baluch mourns while visiting the grave of her fiance, Mohammad Sharifi, on Sunday, March 10, 2019, the day after they were supposed to be married, at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens in Nashville, Tenn. Sharifi, a UTC student, was shot and killed two weeks before their wedding by a man to whom he was trying to sell an Xbox.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

The story of a woman mourning the loss of her would-be husband has gained international attention.

On Sunday, 22 year-old Sara Baluch and family members visited the grave of Mohammad Sharifi, the 24-year-old University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student who was gunned down last month at a Hixson apartment complex. 

Baluch and Sharifi were supposed to marry Saturday, but instead, his loved ones gathered over the weekend at his gravesite outside of Nashville. Baluch, in her wedding dress, cried over his grave.

With permission from the family, the Times Free Press captured the intimate moment in detail.

By Monday, people around the world were expressing their condolences and prayers for the would-be bride. 

"I'm so happy that Mohammad's life and worth is getting so much attention," Baluch said. "All I have wanted to do is melt in the ground, but we know that if we don't tell his story and the life he was supposed to have, he will only be forgotten."

"This is the only good news we've gotten since everything has happened."

Here's some of the response:

U.S. News and World Report, United States

The Daily Mail, United Kingdom

Wunderweib, Germany

Bild, Germany

Hurriyet, Turkey

Askam, Turkey

ETtoday, China