For Sutherland Springs residents, mass shootings seemed a world away — before Sunday

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SUTHERLAND SPRINGS — The residents of this rural Texas community knew mass shootings have become common across the nation, but they never thought it could happen here. Now, Sutherland Springs, with its roughly 650 residents, is the site of the state’s deadliest shooting and the nation's deadliest church massacre. “Nothing had happened here and now this. It’s just like some other places,” Mary Mendez said as she stood in the door frame of her house Monday morning, a few blocks from the First Baptist Church where a lone gunman killed 26 people and injured 20 others the day before. “I...

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