Tia Mowry Mourns Death of Tamera's Niece in Thousand Oaks Shooting

Lewis Collier
November 9, 2018

Sister Sister actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband are looking for their missing niece following the mass shooting at the Southern California bar.

Alaina - a first-year student at Pepperdine University - was on a night out with her pals at the Borderline Bar and Grill, famed for its country music and dancing.

"I'm afraid he was the boy who went towards the gunman and not ran away", the father said.

Tamera Mowry is mourning the loss of her niece, Alaina Housley, who was killed in the Borderline shooting.

Housley added to ET that his wife Tamera Mowry-Housely is devastated following the news and his family will continue to mourn, but hope to celebrate her young life and kindness.

Just last month, Mowry-Housley gushed over her niece and how much she had grown as a person. "My suitemate is still missing, she is wearing denim shorts, a blue flannel and sneakers, pls let me know if you know anything", Ashley tweeted.

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The student replied, letting Mowry-Housley know that she had been in contact with Adam but "unfortunately there's nothing new to report at the moment".

Her parents posted to social media early Thursday asking for prayers as they traveled to find out whether she was OK. Tamera, Adam, and the rest of Alaina's friends and family are concerned she might have been killed or injured in the shooting. Adam asked his followers for prayer via Twitter despite fearing the worst.

In an emotional post, Tamera penned a letter to her niece.

"I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. We love you", Tia wrote on Instagram along with a portrait. The gunman, a Marine veteran named Ian David Long, opened fire shortly before Midnight local time, according to the New York Times.

Punzalan said he last saw his granddaughter in April at her high school graduation and was supposed to meet her during her recital before Christmas.

"We continue to pray for the victims and their families, and all of us at Pepperdine are committed to assisting our community through this tragedy in every way possible", according to the statement.

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