Nov. 8 (UPI) — A man shot and killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., overnight. One of those people was Alaina Housley, the niece of actor and TV personality Tamera Mowry-Housely.
Mowry-Housely and her husband, journalist Adam Housley, said they were mourning the loss of their niece after learning of her passing in the shooting.
“Our hearts are broken,” the couple said in a statement released to CNN. “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.”
A friend of Alaina Housley’s named Ashley posted a tweet Thursday morning that read, “My suitemate is still missing, she is wearing denim shorts, a blue flannel and sneakers, pls let me know if you know anything #Borderline.”
According to her Instagram account, Alaina Housley attended Pepperdine University in Malibu Calif.
Mowry-Housley tweeted back seeking more information.
“Ashley this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley,” the actor tweeted. “Can you please DM me your information?”
Adam Housley, a former reporter for Fox News who has covered mass shootings, told a reporter from Entertainment Tonight, “I’ve been on your side the whole time, and to be on this side’s not fun.
“She was an incredible, beautiful girl who didn’t hurt anybody, and was excited to go to Italy for a program overseas.”
Adam Housley also wrote on his Instagram account, “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 outpouring of emotion on social media continued. Later on Thursday, the Twitter account for the talk show The Real, for which Mowry-Housley is a host, tweeted condolences.
“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.”