AceShowbiz - Tamera Mowry and her husband Adam Housley are mourning the death of their niece Alaina Housley. The couple has confirmed that Alaina was one of 12 victims who were killed in the latest shooting massacre that took place at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks, California on late Wednesday, November 7.
"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. "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 Mowry is also mourning the loss, writing on Twitter on Thursday, "Our sweet Alaina Housley is gone. We love you. We are devastated."
Our sweet Alaina Housely is gone. We love you. We are devastated.— Tia Mowry (@TiaMowry) November 8, 2018
Hours before learning of Alaina's passing, Tamera, Adam and Tia were searching for the college freshman. Tamera replied to a tweet from Alaina's suitemate who said that the 18-year-old was the only one unaccounted for of their group of friends at the bar.
Adam, who is a former Fox News correspondent, asked his followers to pray for his niece's safety, "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."
Staying positive and praying and hoping and wishing there was more I could do. https://t.co/sp9I9dLXsq— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) November 8, 2018
Tia, meanwhile, asked her Instagram followers to share information about Alaina's whereabouts. "Alaina Housely we are praying. We love u! If you know anything or any information please let us know. We love you! #borderline," she wrote along with a picture of the young girl who served as one of bridesmaids at Tamera's wedding.
Los Angeles Times reporter Andrea Castillo wrote on Twitter that she saw Adam at Los Robles Regional Medical Center searching for Alaina. "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," Andrea tweeted.
"Housley said two of Alaina's suite mates jumped through a broken window to escape and are at a hospital with major glass wounds. As they ran away from the bar, someone screamed 'Hey! Get the (sic) down on the ground!' They told Housley they believe it was the gunman," Andrea added. "But they kept running toward houses near Los Robles Greens golf course, where they got help from residents. #Borderline."
But they kept running toward houses near Los Robles Greens golf course, where they got help from residents. #Borderline— Andrea Castillo (@andreamcastillo) November 8, 2018
Following news of Alaina's death, Tamera's "The Real" co-hosts sent their condolences. Loni Love wrote on Instagram, "Unfortunately Alaina was one of the victims in the mass shooting.. please keep The Housley's in your prayers at this time. Positive thoughts and prayers to all the families right now waiting to hear about their loved ones from the #borderlinemassshooting."
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Unfortunately Alaina was one of the victims in the mass shooting.. please keep The Housley’s in your prayers at this time Positive thoughts and prayers to all the families right now waiting to hear about their loved ones from the #borderlinemassshooting #Repost @adamhousley ・・・ I really don’t know what to say other than I love this girl with all my heart and I’d give my life right now for a miracle. #thehousleys @alaina.housleyy
"The Real" team also said in a statement, " '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. 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."
Twelve people, including a sheriff's sergeant, were killed in the Thousand Oaks shooting. The suspected gunman, 28-year-old Ian David Long, opened fire at the country music bar during college night. He was found dead inside an office near the entrance of the venue. Officials believe the shooter fatally shot himself after the massacre.
Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow, as well as Sheriff Geoff Dean refused to count the suspect among the 12 victims. According to sheriff's officials, Ian is a former machine gunner and decorated combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps.