HERRIMAN — The news came in phone calls from relatives reeling from the news that a mass shooter had killed 49 people and wounded dozens of others in Christchurch, New Zealand, and it was especially shocking and unsettling for those living in Utah, far from their island homes.

“It is (hard to be so far from home during a tragedy) because we’re only a small country,” said Alf Daniels of the Utah Warriors. “When disaster strikes, whether that’s a shooting or the earthquakes, when anything happens, the whole country feels it. Not to be there to offer support to family, friends and the local people, it’s very tough for a little country.”

The country, made up of two main islands surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands located nearly 1,200 miles east of Australia, is home to just 5 million people. That means, even those like Daniels and Warriors player/assistant coach James Semple feel something like this acutely, despite the distance.

“It makes you miss home a bit more,” Semple said, noting these types of incidents are unheard of in his home country. “You want to be around your loved ones. … It’s such a peaceful country. It’s very small, very safe. And guns …read more

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