TV star mourns niece who was killed in California shooting
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.”
Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley, say Alaina was “an incredible young woman.”