TV star mourns niece who was killed in Cal­i­for­nia shoot­ing

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Erin Jensen Con­tribut­ing: Ash­ley May

A Cal­i­for­nia shoot­ing left “The Real” host and “Sis­ter, Sis­ter” star Tam­era Mowry-Hous­ley dev­as­tated af­ter the tele­vi­sion star dis­cov­ered her 18-yearold niece was one of the vic­tims.

A state­ment is­sued to USA TO­DAY on be­half of Mowry-Hous­ley and her hus­band, for­mer Fox News cor­re­spon­dent Adam Hous­ley, con­firmed their niece was a vic­tim 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 mu­sic dance bar.

“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, Chan­tal Ar­tur. “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.”

Alaina is the daugh­ter of Adam Hous­ley’s brother, Arik Hous­ley.

Adam Hous­ley asked his nearly 100,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers for prayers: “Please pray if you be­lieve.... pray” for his niece, whom he de­scribed as “a beau­ti­ful soul.”

On Face­book, he posted a cap­tion on a photo of Alaina: “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.”

His wife’s twin and “Sis­ter” co-star, Tia Mowry, shared her an­guish on Twit­ter. “Woke up shocked,” she wrote. “Please pray. Please pray. I am numb.”

MICHAEL BUCKNER; PEP­PER­DINE GRAPHIC

Tam­era Mowry-Hous­ley and her hus­band, Adam Hous­ley, say Alaina was “an in­cred­i­ble young woman.”

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