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Heartbreaking photos show US student, 22, mourning her fiance at his grave in her wedding dress on the day they were meant to get married after he was shot dead for his Xbox by Facebook buyer

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/03/2019 Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com
a woman sitting at a picnic table: Sara Baluch, 22, is seen crying over the grave of her fiance Mohammad Sharifi on Sunday, three weeks after the 24-year-old was shot dead by a man he was selling an Xbox to. Baluch is wearing the white dress she was planning to wear at their wedding scheduled for Saturday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sara Baluch, 22, is seen crying over the grave of her fiance Mohammad Sharifi on Sunday, three weeks after the 24-year-old was shot dead by a man he was selling an Xbox to. Baluch is wearing the white dress she was planning to wear at their wedding scheduled for Saturday

Heartbreaking images show a woman knelt at her fiance's grave wearing her wedding dress three weeks after he was shot dead by a man he was selling an Xbox console to. 

This was supposed to be the happiest weekend of 22-year-old Sara Baluch's life, the weekend she married 24-year-old Mohammad Sharifi.   

On Sunday, she slipped into her ivory chiffon wedding dress she'd picked out to wear at the altar and headed to the cemetery where the love of her life was laid to rest outside Nashville, Tennessee. 

a group of people sitting at a table: Sharifi's father Mohssen can be seen with his arm around Baluch at his son's grave site Sunday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sharifi's father Mohssen can be seen with his arm around Baluch at his son's grave site Sunday

The cloudless day at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens was captured in intimate photographs by Chattanooga's Times Free Press. 

Baluch sobbed through her tulle veil as she knelt in the grass damp from thunderstorms the day before surrounded by loved ones who took turns reciting prayers and reading from the Quran.

'We were supposed to be together,' Baluch said as tears streamed down her face. 

'I'm so sorry, Mohammad. I'm so sorry. So sorry.' 

Divya Dutta et al. posing for the camera: Baluch said of Sharifi: 'We were so happy. I want to be with him. Why do I have to wait?' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Baluch said of Sharifi: 'We were so happy. I want to be with him. Why do I have to wait?'

As they prepared to leave Baluch's mother Sona replaced her daughter's white wedding veil with a black one.

'We were so happy,' the 22-year-old said. 'I want to be with him. Why do I have to wait?'

a group of people sitting at a park: Baluch's loved ones, including her father Masoud (left) and her would-be father-in-law Mohssen Sharifi (right) joined her for a memorial at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens in Nashville. 'We were supposed to be together,' Baluch said as tears streamed down her face © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Baluch's loved ones, including her father Masoud (left) and her would-be father-in-law Mohssen Sharifi (right) joined her for a memorial at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens in Nashville. 'We were supposed to be together,' Baluch said as tears streamed down her face

On February 19, Sharifi was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Hixson where he'd agreed to sell his Xbox One gaming system to D'Marcus White after speaking to him on Facebook Marketplace. 

a man looking at the camera: D'Marcus White, 20, has been charged with criminal homicide in Sharifi's death. He is seen above in his mugshot © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited D'Marcus White, 20, has been charged with criminal homicide in Sharifi's death. He is seen above in his mugshot

The 20-year-old has been charged with criminal homicide in Sharifi's death.  

Baluch was the first to arrive at the hospital after Sharifi was shot.  

When she asked hospital staff for information about what room he was in, she was told that her fiance wasn't in the system.  

a person sitting on a table: Baluch is seen clutching a photo of her and Sharifi at his grave, which has been covered with flowers and mementos as his headstone isn't finished yet © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Baluch is seen clutching a photo of her and Sharifi at his grave, which has been covered with flowers and mementos as his headstone isn't finished yet

'I had the worst feeling,' she told the Times Free Press in an interview last month.

Minutes later a nurse approached Baluch and told her that Sharifi was dead.   

'She held my hand, and she said: "I'm so sorry. He was shot. He didn't make it,"' Baluch recalled through tears.  

a woman standing in a room: Mohammad Sharifi was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Hixson on February 19. His fiancee Sara Baluch opened up about the loss during an interview one week later at her dorm room on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus (above) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mohammad Sharifi was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Hixson on February 19. His fiancee Sara Baluch opened up about the loss during an interview one week later at her dorm room on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus (above)

'It was like the world was ripped from underneath me. It felt like I was falling and it wasn't stopping. I fainted. 

'When I woke up, I was like: "No. This is a dream. We were getting married in two weeks. I just saw him last night. I just saw him."'

a close up of a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Describing the moment she learned her fiance had been killed, Baluch said: 'It was like the world was ripped from underneath me. It felt like I was falling and it wasn't stopping. I fainted' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Describing the moment she learned her fiance had been killed, Baluch said: 'It was like the world was ripped from underneath me. It felt like I was falling and it wasn't stopping. I fainted'

Nurses escorted Baluch to Sharifi's room, where he was 'lying there so peacefully', she said.  

'It wasn't fair. I told him: "I'm so sorry I couldn't protect you." He protected me every day, and I failed to protect him,' she said.  

a woman talking on a cell phone: Sara Baluch, left, mourns with Lilly Sharifi while visiting the grave of Baluch's fiance, Mohammad Sharifi © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sara Baluch, left, mourns with Lilly Sharifi while visiting the grave of Baluch's fiance, Mohammad Sharifi

How to stay safe while using Facebook Marketplace 

Facebook Marketplace has more than 550 million active users every month. Launched in October 2016, it shows items that people in your local area are selling. The radius can be up to 100 miles away, or as close as two miles.

To stay safe, you should always check out someone's profile before agreeing to meet with them. If they have a brand new account, or have very few friends, or if there are multiple profiles with the same name and picture, be wary as these could be signs of a scammer.

Agree to meet in a public place with plenty of people around, such as a coffee shop or cafe. Bring a friend, or take a few photos of the seller as soon as you meet so they can be identified if anything goes wrong. 

a man sitting at a picnic table: On February 19, Sharifi was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Hixson where he'd agreed to sell his Xbox One gaming system to D'Marcus White © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited On February 19, Sharifi was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Hixson where he'd agreed to sell his Xbox One gaming system to D'Marcus White

To avoid losing money, pay using a credit card or Paypal in case of fraud. Make sure you inspect the item before handing over any cash. 

Baluch said that in the two weeks since Sharifi's passing, he's come to visit her in her dreams.  

'He won't talk to me. He just comes to me and he holds me. That's all he does,' she said. 

a group of people posing for a photo: Family members mourn at the grave of Mohammad Sharifi at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens in Nashville © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Family members mourn at the grave of Mohammad Sharifi at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens in Nashville

'I'm happy. I'm so grateful. That's the closest thing I've been getting to holding him. But I want to ask him: "Are you okay?"' 

Sharifi managed to celebrate Baluch's birthday on February 27 because he'd already purchased her presents, including a Rolex he'd promised to get her while they were on vacation in Hawaii.  

'I had no idea he kept his promise,' she said. 'He was so excited to give it to me. It was the hardest thing because he got them for me. 

'He's not here and he's still surprising me. He's not here and he's still giving me the world!'

Divya Dutta et al. posing for the camera: Baluch's father Masoud described the couple, both UTC students, as 'full of joy' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Baluch's father Masoud described the couple, both UTC students, as 'full of joy'

Baluch said people who knew the couple have told her that they believe her and Sharifi's love 'was so powerful that it couldn't exist on this earth, that the only way to separate us was through death', according to the Times Free Press.

'Our love had to exist in a different world,' she said. 'It couldn't exist here. It was too perfect it seemed unnatural.'

Baluch's father Masoud described the couple as 'full of joy'.   

'Every time they came to my home, they brought joy everywhere,' he said. 'It was happy. I'm just waiting for them to come back.'

a person sitting on a couch: Baluch said people have told her that they believe her and Sharifi's love 'was so powerful that it couldn't exist on this earth, that the only way to separate us was through death' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Baluch said people have told her that they believe her and Sharifi's love 'was so powerful that it couldn't exist on this earth, that the only way to separate us was through death'

Sharifi had been preparing to graduate from University of Tennessee Chattanooga this spring. 

Many of his friends made the trip up to Nashville for his funeral on February 22, which the his father, Mohssen Sharifi, said was a testament to the kind of man his son was.  

'Until we go to the grave, we will not forget Mohammad,' he said.

'He always tried to please us. He always asked me: "Are you happy? Are you okay?"'

a man with his hand on his head: Baluch is seen wearing the Rolex watch Sharifi bought for her birthday on February 27. 'He's not here and he's still surprising me. He's not here and he's still giving me the world,' she said © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Baluch is seen wearing the Rolex watch Sharifi bought for her birthday on February 27. 'He's not here and he's still surprising me. He's not here and he's still giving me the world,' she said

Baluch echoed her would-be father-in-law's remarks, saying: 'All he wanted to do was make people smile. He would say anything just to make people laugh. 

'You don't find that kind of care in people. People our age are just so selfish now. But him, he was nothing like that.'

She continued: 'You'd have half a cup, and he would fill that cup for you. Somehow, he would give you the world. 

'Oh my God, he was perfect.'

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