On Nov. 23, 2011, a small plane en route to Safford crashed into the Superstition Mountains. On board were six passengers, including three small children. Karen Perry is the grieving mother of Logan, Luke and Morgan. She spoke to CBS 5 about the one-year anniversary of the tragic event that took the life of everyone on board, including her three children.
"I told him (Luke), 'You are going to spend Thanksgiving with your dad and you're going to go on the plane,' and he's yelling, 'Yeah, I love Thanksgiving,'" said Perry on Tuesday evening with the Superstition Mountain behind her. This Thanksgiving is going to be a tough one for Perry as she remembers the day before Thanksgiving last year.
"Knowing that this time last year my kids were here and they're not now," she said. holding back the tears.
Perry remembers she had been ill that day and her children's provider had taken them to Falcon Field where they were set to take off with their dad. That same provider called her an hour and a half later to share the terrible news as she watched reports on television about the crash.
"I like to think that my kids came into my life in a very special way and taught me a lot while they were here and they were only meant to be here for a short time and I'm grateful for the time that I had with them," she added.
On Tuesday, almost a year later to the day, Perry is trying to make life as normal as can be without her three kids. She went back to work as a flight attendant in May and moved into a different home. Perry, though, remains and plans to remain in Gold Canyon near the place where the horrific crash happened last year.
"To me, it's the grave site of my children, it's where they died so, it holds a special meaning that way," she said.
The mountain is also a reminder of the unknown of what exactly went wrong that November night. The National Transportation Safety Board has been communicating with Perry throughout the year and has told her their investigation is not yet complete.
"I want to come to the truth; I want to have an understanding of what happened."
When asked what she misses the most about her kids, Perry told us it was their sense of humor. She has them on video tape to help her relive the memories.
"They were very special kids, and they are going to remain in a lot of people's heart hopefully forever."
Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Thursday, May 16 2013 2:06 PM EDT2013-05-16 18:06:52 GMT
? CBS 5
Follow @JadiannCBS5, @reporterjmiguel and @elizabetherwin for updates from Jodi Arias murder trial in the death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. [Text BREAKING to 23765 to get breaking news alertsMore >
Get updates from the Jodi Arias murder trial in the death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:20:54 GMT
Amy's Baking Company
Amy's Baking Company said legal and online threats have forced it to cancel a press conference Tuesday, but that it's grand reopening will take place as planned. Owners of the Scottsdale bakery, Amy andMore >
Owners of the Scottsdale bakery decided to pull the plug on a 1 p.m. news briefing Tuesday after getting a letter from a litigation law firm representing a company that produces the TV show Kitchen Nightmares. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:08 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:08:51 GMT
Daryl Raetz, 29, was a six-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. (Source:Facebook)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials say the man who owns the SUV that killed a Phoenix Police officer is not in the country legally.Phoenix Police arrested 24-year-old Jesus Cabrera Molina. HeMore >
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials say the man who owns the SUV that struck and killed a Phoenix police officer is not in the country legally.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:04:13 GMT
(Source: Fox 29/myfoxphilly.com)
A Utah mom found a unique punishment for her daughter after finding out she was bullying a classmate. Myfoxphilly.com reports that Kaylee, 10, was teasing another student about her clothes so much thatMore >
A Utah mom found a unique punishment for her daughter after finding out she was bullying a classmate.More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >