NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One year later, Samantha Olson's loved ones gather at the very intersection where her life was taken.
Her husband Eric Olson has been parenting alone for the past year, while trying to cope. Olson said, "Sometimes the days are a little bit long and when you're looking for answers and praying for justice it just seems to take a long time."
The sudden death of Samantha Olson has not been any easier to accept for her mother. Olson's mother, Phyllis Vontungeln said, "Like I said whoever took my daughter's life created enough devastation in order to last them a d*** lifetime in the penitentiary." For the first time Olson's mother spoke candidly to THV in a one-on-one interview. She said, "I have good days and I have bad days." Today, however, Phyllis Vontungeln considers it an emotional one. " I think of my daughter quite often," she continued.
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Vontungeln tries stay strong for her granddaughter, but she admits the past 365 days have been extremely taxing. She said, "It's hard to go on but we have to but we do one day at a time, baby, just one day at a time."
While the family turns to their faith, they remember the good times will always outweigh the bad. Vontungeln said, "I don't get to see her but I carry her in my heart. I carry her in my heart and in my memories. Can't nobody take that away from me."