Tamera Mowry-Housley is mourning the tragic death of her niece.
She and her husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, have confirmed that their niece Alaina Housley was among the victims of the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday (November 7). Alaina was 18.
The couple first took to social media in search of Alaina when, after the shooting, a student named Ashley tweeted out about her missing suitemate, who was at the venue. Tamera responded to Ashley:
“Ashely this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?”
Tamera sent out this tweet a while later:
“We haven’t found her yet. It’s been 7 hrs since the shooting.”
Adam likewise tweeted about Alaina:
“Staying positive and praying and hoping and wishing there was more I could do.”
But hours after confirming she was missing, Tamera and Adam confirmed that Alaina was among those killed in the senseless tragedy. In a statement released to THR, they said:
“Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks.
Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”
Tamera’s sister Tia spoke out in remembrance of Alaina, taking to Instagram to share a portrait of her along with these words:
“Our sweet Alaina. We are broken. Our hearts are broken. We love you.”
Tamera also took to Instagram to post an emotional tribute to her beloved niece:
“Alaina. My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us.
I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano. Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game.
I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.”
Adam took to Twitter to share a statement from his brother and sister-in-law, Arik and Hannah Housley. Adam wrote:
“My brother Arik and his wife Hannah and my nephew Alex are some of the best people you’ll ever meet. They and Alaina are some of the most generous people in the world…and love their Napa community. This is from them….”
In the statement, the grieving couple said:
“Words can’t describe our grief over losing our daughter, Alaina. She was everything we could hope for in a child: kind, smart, beautiful and respectful. She continued the family’s tradition of attending Pepperdine University. She was happy to be a Wave. We are grateful to the Pepperdine community for their support during this difficult time.
We want to honor Alaina by focusing on how she lived her life. She would have enjoyed the public debate that is certain to happen after this tragedy. But she would have insisted that it be respectful with an eye toward solving these senseless shootings. We send our condolences to the family and friends of the other victims. We especially thank Sgt. Ron Helus’ family for their sacrifice.”
Adam was present at the scene hours after the shooting, trying to call his niece and work with the authorities to locate her. He spoke with ET:
“She was an incredible, beautiful girl who didn’t hurt anybody and was excited to go to Italy for a program overseas. Senseless, man, just senseless.
She was a good girl. She was a good girl. Really good girl.”
According to the authorities, there were roughly 200 people in the bar that evening for a popular weekly “College Night”. Alaina was there for the said event. A gunman opened fire and killed thirteen people, among them a sheriff’s deputy, identified as Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year-old veteran about a year from retiring.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters early Thursday:
“I told his wife he died a hero — he went in to save lives.”
Helus is survived by a wife and son.
Among the deceased is the gunman, who apparently shot himself.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy.