Karen Perry, of Apache Junction, Ariz., has experienced a series of struggles in recent years and her two children were suffering from health complications (epilepsy and autism).
“They were just great kids,” Mark Blomgren, principal at the school in Apache Junction where the two oldest children attended, told the Arizona Republic. “All the teachers were naturally shocked. They cared about them and wondered how their mom was doing and they were just hit pretty hard. Logan and Morgan were just special kids that the teachers really bonded with.”
Crews continued working Friday in the crags and outcroppings of the mountaintop area just east of Phoenix to finish recovering the remains of the six people aboard, Pinal County sheriff’s spokesman Elias Johnson told The Associated Press. The dead included Perry’s ex-husband, Shawn Perry, 39, who was the pilot.
“No one could have survived that crash,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said.