With crowds gone, Sutherland Springs neighbors mourn more intimately

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Twenty-six crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 
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SUTHERLAND SPRINGS- Neighbors continue to trickle in at a memorial in front of First Baptist Church, to pay their respects to the 26 victims killed in Sunday's massacre.

Victims ranged from as young as a 18 months old to 77 years old. People have left notes, mementos and hand-made crosses to remember the victims. Neighbors said with most of the crowd gone now, they're relieved they can have their town back.

"It's a pretty tough little town, I don't think it'll ever be the same, but I think it'll do okay," Gail Hilfiker, a neighbor who knew some of the victims, said. "I've lived out here about 30 years. I think it'll make a come back, it's just going to take a while to do it."

The first funeral services for victims of the shooting are on Saturday. Services for Richard Rodriguez and his wife, Therese, will be held together at Grace Bible Church in La Vernia. A public viewing starts at noon.
 

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