They had borrowed money last year to move from India to New Zealand to earn a master's degree in agribusiness management. He'd stacked a job with shelves in the local supermarket to pay the bills.
When Alibava graduated, they hoped she would get a high paid job and live and work in New Zealand before she returned home. The southern Indian state of Kerala is set to settle down.
The mass shootings on Friday in two mosques in the center of Christchurch have changed everything.
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Nazer (34) and Alibava (25) b Both found themselves in the Al Noor mosque – men sitting on the left, women on the right – as the first shots were fired at one of New Zealand's most serious mass shootings.
"Immediately before the main prayer, I heard a single shot, and I thought that some kids outside had ballooned," says Nazer in his native Malayalam.
Seconds later a series of staccato shots from A high-profile weapon sent about 300 people into the mosque, who fought for the exit.
Nazer says he was near an emergency door and escaped after someone smashed the glass. Others were not so lucky. "People started falling over me, I saw people with blood on their shirts," he says.
He ran to a neighboring house and called the police to seek help before returning to the mosque to find his wife, whom he had not seen since taking their seats.
The scene he was confronted with was frightening.
On the street next to pools of blood lay bodies. Many people were injured.
Then he saw the motionless figure of his wife lying in the street.
"I ran towards them and then a policeman stopped me and told me to go somewhere else," he says.
It was not until Saturday night, more than 24 hours after his escape from the mosque, that the police confirmed that Alibava was among the 50 casualties on Friday.
The friend of Nazer, George, was with him The police handed them and other families a list of confirmed persons. Until then, like many other relatives, he held on to the futile hope that perhaps there had been a mistake. Maybe Alibava was in the hospital. 19659002 "We thought it might be one of those wonders," says George.
Nazer and Alibava had married a married woman two years ago, the couple soon fell in love with each other.
"She really loves her husband and her husband really loves her," says Tali Ao, a friend of Lincoln University who says he was friends with Alibava during their stay with "best friend".
"I can see when they came to New Zealand … I could see how they discovered each other and really liked each other," he adds.
Alibava completed her master's degree three weeks ago, having completed additional studies last summer to finish earlier than her classmates. Ao says Alibava was the smartest student in her course.
"Your professors, everyone loved them," says Ao. "She was so smart, and although she did not like to do orders, she was very good at it."
On Monday, university students and staff leaned for a minute's silence in memory of the dead on the lawn.
"It is inconceivable that some victims of our family are being attacked for their religion," said incumbent Chancellor Bruce Mckenzie.
They've started a Givealittle site to help pay back the $ 70,000 New Zealand loan ($ 48,000) they had raised in India to pay for Alibaba's studies.
Nazer wants to send his wife's body back to Kerala to be with her mother and brother. Her father died several years ago.
Nazer is not sure what the future holds, but he says he knows he wants to stay in Christchurch, where he and his wife spent most of their married life together.
"She had many dreams," he says. "No one would expect that to happen, there are many good people here … This should not happen to any family."