The The Real host and her husband Adam Housley revealed the news in a statement to US Weekly on Thursday. "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 stated via their joint representative.
The Sister, Sister star, whose niece was died in the mass shooting that left 12 dead about 40 miles west of Los Angeles late Wednesday after a gunman opened fire inside a country-western dance bar, continued: "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."
Earlier Thursday, both Tamera and Adam took to social media to frantically look for their niece.
Responding to a tweet about a person's missing suitemate on the Pepperdine campus in Malibu, CA, Tamera wrote: "This is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?"
Alaina’s suitemate Ashley, responded that she had been in contact with Adam and that the 18-year-old was “the only one unaccounted for” from their group of friends who went to the bar on Wednesday night.
Adam also tweeted earlier Thursday, “Please pray if you believe….pray. My niece. A beautiful soul. … Staying positive and praying and hoping and wishing there was more I could do.”
Adam told the Los Angeles Times that his niece’s Apple Watch and iPhone still showed her location on the dance floor. “My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead,” he told the newspaper. “I’m hoping I’m wrong.”
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