Alaina Housley, the 18-year-old niece of Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley, is sadly among the victims of the mass shooting in Southern California.
"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," the couple said in a statement released by their rep. " 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."
Tia Mowry expressed her sadness at the loss on Twitter, writing, "Our sweet Alaina Housley is gone. We love you. We are devastated."
Mowry's co-hosts at The Real also issued a statement, offering condolences to the Housley family and the other victims of the tragedy.
"The Real is heartbroken for the victims of the senseless tragedy in Thousand Oaks, which included Alaina Housley, the niece of Tamera and Adam Housley," the statement reads. "We send prayers and strength to all the victims’ families and their community as well as our gratitude to the first responders. We send all our love and our deepest condolences to the Housleys, our family, during this difficult time."
Mowry-Housley and Housley had sought help on social media to confirm the whereabouts of their niece, communicating with her college suitemate and asking for prayers.
A Los Angeles Times reporter, Andrea Castillo, shared on Twitter that she saw Housley visit the Los Robles Regional Medical Center looking for his niece.
"A guard didn’t let him through, saying it was on lockdown. He said Alaina, a Pepperdine freshman, was at the bar with several friends. Her Apple Watch and iPhone still showed her location on the dance floor," Castillo wrote.
Housley told the L.A. Times earlier today that he feared the worst.
"My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead,” he said. “I’m hoping I’m wrong."
Twelve people, including a sheriff's sergeant, were killed in a shooting in a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday night.
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