The nurses hope to have the new gravestone in place by summer. After Sanaz died, her husband, Nassiri, was charged with second-degree murder.In September 2014, after less than three days, a jury found him guilty and a judge sentenced him to 20-40 years in prison."She chose the wrong guy," Sara said of her sister. Before it was over, their efforts brought together two very different groups of people — her real family in Iran and the small group of nurses from an Upper Peninsula town who wound up adopting her in both life and in death."She was a very, very tiny girl," Brandly said of Nezami, who was barely 5 feet tall and thin."She looked like a small child that needed someone to protect her.She'd been buried alone in an unused part of the cemetery, and her flat headstone was so small and nestled so low in the grass that it was hard to find.The docent on duty at the cemetery that day finally showed them the grave, but not before noting that a number of people had been coming by, asking where it is.
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The local Rotary club in Marquette gave 0 after Erickson, one of the nurses who cared for Sanaz, went to their meeting and gave a speech that left her in tears throughout.
Donations came from a local doctor, from the town's mayor, from students at Michigan Tech, and many people who chose to remain anonymous.
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