Mother says loss of children still a 'shock' after two year anniversary of deadly plane crash

GOLD CANYON, AZ - The weather forced a change of plans to honor six people killed in a plane crash in the Superstition Mountains.        

Three of the victims were children.

Karen Perry planned to hike the Superstition Mountains Saturday morning to the sight where her kids died two years ago.

The rain put a damper on those plans but she's thrown herself into other charitable work to honor the children taken from her too soon.               

She remembers getting the phone call that changed her life.

"It was my nanny and my nanny was crying and she said 'Karen there's been a plane crash,'" she recalled.

Two years ago Perry's three children Morgan, Logan and Luke were killed along with their father and two other men when their plane crashed into the mountains as they were leaving for Thanksgiving.        

"I was completely in shock. I think I still am," Perry said.               

In the time since it happened, she says there have been many struggles and unanswered questions.

"Why was I left behind and what am I supposed to do with my life now," she asks.

She has started a non-profit organization called Wings of Life that gives to her as much as it will give to kids.

"It's a way for me to give back, if you will, and to enjoy being around the children that I don't have around me anymore," Perry said.

Perry also hikes the mountain to the site where the accident happened. She said it's a form of healing for her.

"After the accident I felt compelled to go up there and now I've been there four times," Perry said.

She wants her children to always be remembered and says the support from those around her and even strangers have helped her tremendously and continue to help to this day.

"The community support is alive and well and I see it in many ways and I'm very grateful for that."

To learn more about Wings of Life, email Karen.wingsoflife@goldcanyon.org .

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