Tamera Mowry‘s niece Alaina Housley died in the Thousand Oaks nightclub massacre, she and husband Adam Housley confirmed to Us Weekly exclusively. The 18-year-old was at the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night, November 7, line dancing with friends.
“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,” they said in a statement to Us. “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, 40, and Adam, 46, took to Twitter early this morning to try to find information about their niece. Her friend Ashley revealed that a large group of girls from their dorm went to the bar’s college night. She told Tamera in a tweet that Alaina was the only one of the group unaccounted for.
Adam, a former Fox News correspondent, tweeted, “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 LA Times earlier today that her Apple Watch and iPhone still showed her location as the bar’s dance floor, hours after the shooting. Alaina’s father Arik also spoke out about the attack.
Tamera’s sister Tia Mowry asked for help as well. “Alaina Housely [sic] we are praying. We love u!” she wrote on Instagram. “If you know anything or any information please let us know. We love you!” She posted a photo of herself, Tamera, and Alaina from her sister’s wedding day, back in 2011.
12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in the bar during student night. He killed himself after the mass murder. Dozens more were injured.
Tamera’s talk show, The Real, put out a statement as well, writing on Instagram, “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.”