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“Sister, Sister” celebrity Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley, showed their niece was once considered one of sufferers within the Thousand Oaks, California taking pictures.
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A California taking pictures left “The Actual” host and “Sister, Sister” celebrity Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley, devastated when they came upon their 18-year-old niece Alaina Housley was once one of the most sufferers.

Mowry-Housley reminisced about outdated occasions together with her “candy, candy Alaina” on Instagram, sharing a series of pictures of her niece.

“I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart,” the TV personality wrote. “I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano. Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game.”

She continued: “I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken…You are gonna make one gorgeous angel.”

Housley also paid tribute to his “sweet, sweet” niece on the picture-sharing site. 

“Oh how I miss you. Oh how I miss u,” he wrote, “#heartbroken”.

Alaina, a freshman at Pepperdine University (Housley’s alma mater), had gone to the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, to line dance with friends Wednesday night. She was one of 12 people killed in the mass shooting after a gunman opened fire inside the country music dance bar about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. 

Former Fox News correspondent Housley described his goddaughter to Entertainment Tonight as a “really good girl” and “good human being,” adding that her death is “just senseless.” Alaina is the daughter of his brother, Arik Housley and wife Hannah Housley.

Housley took to his Twitter page to post a statement on behalf of her parents.

“Words can’t describe our grief over losing our daughter… She was everything we could hope for in a child: kind, smart, beautiful and respectful,” the statement began. “We want to honor Alaina by focusing on how she lived her life. She would have enjoyed the public debate that is certain to happen after this tragedy. But she would have insisted that it be respectful with an eye toward solving these senseless shootings.”

Her parents continued: “We send our condolences to the family and friends of the other victims. We especially thank Sgt. Ron Helus’ family for their sacrifice.” 

A commentary issued to USA TODAY on behalf of the Mowry-Housley circle of relatives showed their niece’s loss of life. 

“Our hearts are damaged. We simply discovered that our niece Alaina was once one of the most sufferers of ultimate night time’s taking pictures at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” the couple mentioned by way of their joint consultant, Chantal Artur. “Alaina was once an out of this world younger lady with such a lot lifestyles forward of her, and we’re devastated that her lifestyles was once lower quick on this way. We thank everybody to your prayers and ask for privateness right now.”

Pepperdine College freshman Alaina Housley was once killed in a mass taking pictures at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (Photograph: Pepperdine Graphic)

At Antique Top College, Housley was once an honors scholar who performed at the varsity football group and served in scholar govt all 4 years prior to graduating in June. 

Antique Top College predominant Sarah O’Connor remembered her as a “herbal chief and connector,” who was once beloved by means of her friends and the varsity personnel. “Certainly one of my favourite moments was once when Alaina, who performed violin in our orchestra, had all the violinists play ‘Satisfied Birthday’ for her mother twelve months. Her mother is an worker right here,” O’Connor advised USA TODAY. 

Housely provides that Alaina was once “excited to visit Italy for a program in a foreign country” prior to her loss of life. 

Mowry-Housley’s dual and “Sister, Sister” co-star, Tia Mowry, took to Twitter to percentage the circle of relatives’s agony: “Our candy Alaina Housely is long past. We adore you. We’re devastated.”

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Sharing the similar picture of Alaina as her brother-in-law to Instagram, Mowry shared: “We’re damaged. Our hearts are damaged. We adore you.”

Mowry-Housley’s communicate display “The Actual” tweeted condolences.

“We ship all our love and our inner most condolences to the Housleys, our circle of relatives, all through this tough time.”

The co-stars joined their colleague in her mourning.

“Sadly Alaina was once one of the most sufferers within the mass taking pictures.. please stay The Housley’s to your prayers right now,” Loni Love wrote when sharing a photograph of Alaina on Instagram. “Sure ideas and prayers to all of the households presently ready to listen to about their family members from the #borderlinemassshooting”

Jeannie Mai recalled a dialog together with her co-anchor on Instagram, after finding out her niece was once unaccounted for.

” ‘I am gonna stay praying Jeannie. I have referred to as each and every clinic ten occasions…perhaps she’s simply subconscious. She will have escaped the taking pictures and is simply with out her telephone. Stay praying, ‘ Tam tells me prior to she hangs up this morning,” Mai remembered, sharing a photograph of Alaina. “Hours later, the devastating information is showed.

“I can by no means fail to remember the sound of my pal’s depression, how her cries amplified the anguish surrounding each and every circle of relatives of the 12 sufferers murdered,” Mai endured. “In 2018, there was a complete of 307 mass shootings in The usa. And this night, I think the reverberating sorrow of each and every pal and circle of relatives member suffering from the horrific, mindless nightmare this is gun violence.”

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“I am gonna stay praying Jeannie. I have referred to as each and every clinic ten occasions…perhaps she’s simply subconscious. She will have escaped the taking pictures and is simply with out her telephone. Stay praying,” Tam tells me prior to she hangs up this morning. Hours later, the devastating information is showed. I can by no means fail to remember the sound of my pal’s depression, how her cries amplified the anguish surrounding each and every circle of relatives of the 12 sufferers murdered. In 2018, there was a complete of 307 mass shootings in The usa. And this night, I think the reverberating sorrow of each and every pal and circle of relatives member suffering from the horrific, mindless nightmare this is gun violence. #Repost @tameramowrytwo • • • • • Alaina. My candy, candy Alaina. My middle breaks. I’m nonetheless in disbelief. It’s now not honest the way you have been taken and the way quickly you have been taken from us. I used to be blessed to understand you ever because you have been five. You stole my middle. I can pass over our inside of jokes, us serenading on the piano. Thanks for being affected person with me finding out braid your hair, and I can by no means fail to remember our duet making a song the nationwide anthem at Napa’s football sport. I like you. I like you. I like you. You’re gonna make one stunning angel. My middle and prayers are with each and every sufferer of this tragedy.

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Previous Thursday, Alaina’s aunt and uncle took to social media to frantically search for her.

Responding to a tweet about an individual’s lacking suitemate, Mowry-Housley wrote, “That is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Are you able to please DM me your data?”

The suitemate tweeted that she’d been involved with “Adam” and that their niece, Alaina Housley, was once the only one out of “a handful of girls (who) went to line dance tonight” who have been unaccounted for.

Housley asked his just about 100,00zero Twitter fans for prayers: “Please pray when you imagine….pray” for his niece, whom he described as “a lovely soul.”

Los Angeles Occasions reporter Andrea Castillo shared on Twitter that Housley visited the Los Robles Regional Scientific Heart searching for his niece. He additionally stopped by means of the bar in hopes of discovering her, ET! reported. 

“A guard didn’t let him via, pronouncing (the clinic) was once on lockdown,” Castillo, who was at the hospital, tweeted. “He mentioned Alaina, a Pepperdine freshman, was once on the bar with a number of pals. Her Apple Watch and iPhone nonetheless confirmed her location at the dance flooring.”

Castillo tweeted, “Housley mentioned two of Alaina’s suite friends jumped via a damaged window to flee and are at a clinic with main glass wounds. As they ran clear of the bar, anyone screamed ‘Howdy! Get the (expletive) down at the flooring!’ They advised Housley they imagine it was once the gunman.”

“However they saved operating towards homes close to Los Robles Vegetables golfing route, the place they were given lend a hand from citizens,” Castillo wrote.

Housley advised the LA Occasions he feared the worst.

“My intestine is pronouncing she’s throughout the bar, useless,” he mentioned. “I’m hoping I’m unsuitable.”

At 10:34 a.m. EST, Housley up to date his fans that he had heard “not anything” about his niece, as his spouse famous on her Twitter account, “We haven’t discovered her but. It’s been 7 hrs because the taking pictures.”

Later Thursday morning, Housley took his grief to Fb. “I actually don’t know what to mention instead of I like this woman with all my middle and I’d give my lifestyles presently for a miracle,” he captioned a photograph of his niece.

His spouse’s dual mentioned she, “Aroused from sleep stunned,” asking her fans to “Please pray. Please pray. I’m numb.”

She shared an Instagram picture and requested her fans to percentage any data they’ll have. 

“Alaina Housley we’re praying. We adore u! If you realize anything else or any data please tell us. We adore you! #borderline,” Mowry wrote.

Mowry-Housley gushed over her niece on Instagram in March ultimate yr.

The actress captioned a close-up of the teenager with teased curls and iridescent eye shadow: “My niece Alaina Housley… She now’s a Junior in highschool doing a photograph shoot with a 70’s theme. Kill it good looks. Just right success in your whole long run endeavors.”

Contributing: Ashley Might, Cydney Henderson, Rick Jervis

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