A Mississippi girl who was left orphaned after her parents were killed in a plane crash took to Facebook on Aug. 16 to post a message about her parents’ death and life without them.
“The truth is, yes, I am heartbroken, sad, tired, and devastated, but I have to keep my faith,” Sarah Perry wrote. “If we all stay strong and stick together we can get through this because I know this is what my parents would want! I know for a fact I will never physically see my parents … but they will never, ever leave my heart.”
Sarah’s parents, Mike and Kim Perry were among three married couples killed in a plane crash on Aug. 14. The Perrys; Jason Farese and Lea Farese; and Austin Poole and his wife, Angie Poole, were returning to Mississippi from a dentist conference in Florida when the two-engine aircraft crashed while trying to land in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, according to the Oxford Eagle.
The three couples left behind 11 children in total.
Sarah went on to talk about how she now needs to become a source of strength for her younger siblings.
“I also know I will stay strong for my brother and sister! I will help them with anything They need. I will be my sister’s Santa Claus and I will be there for my sister when she gets older!,” she wrote. “I will help my brother with his homework and with any problems he ever has! and I will also help my grandmother who will be raising me for the rest of my life.”
She also wrote about the pain of no longer having her parents on earth, but that she knows she will see them again in the afterlife.
“They will still guide me through life and help me with my problems,” she wrote. “I know I will see them in heaven, so this is not the end! I know they supported and cared for me so much! I know they loved me and would do anything for me!”
The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the plane crash.