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Family, friends hold vigil for victims of 2011 Superstitions plane crash

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GOLD CANYON, Ariz. -

Family and friends came together Sunday to remember the victims of the Superstitions plane crash one year ago.

Someone at the vigil called Karen Perry the 21st century's "Unsinkable Molly Brown."

Two years before the crash, she went through a divorce, had a double masectomy, went in to heart failure and nearly died.

Perry says she remembers the night her children died well, but nothing much in the following months.

She says this was a day to reflect.

"It's been a really hard year," said Karen Perry. "It's been especially a difficult month, emotionally and physically it's been exhausting."

Just one year ago, six people died when a plane crashed into the Superstition Mountains shortly after take off.

Perry lost her three children and ex-husband in the crash. Two other men on the plane were also killed.

Friends came together at a candlelight vigil at Gold Canyon Community Church on Sunday to remember the six lives lost.

"I do feel like this is a time to reflect on my children and what they meant and why they were here and be grateful for the time I had with them when they were here," said Perry.

On Friday, Perry and eight others hiked six hours to the crash site where they laid a plaque remembering the victims.

"It has the children's pictures on it and it has all six of their names on it, and it has a brief description [of] what happened that night," said Perry.

They met other hikers along the way.

"People shared stories about their tragedies with me, the loses of their children," said Perry.

While it's been one year since Perry's tragic loss, she's a survivor of the unthinkable.

She hopes to inspire others who've lost too.

"Somehow I feel the kids are with me helping me get through this too, in a strange sort of way, even though they're not here physically," said Perry.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was also at the vigil Sunday night. Babeu was the one who went to Perry's house to officially notify her of the crash and the loss of her family.

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