Hundreds line Napa streets for procession honoring Tamera Mowry's niece, victim of mass shooting
The body of Alaina Housley, a victim of last Wednesday’s mass shooting, was taken home to Napa yesterday. Numerous mourners, friends, and family lined the streets for the sad occasion.
Alaina, the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley, was one of at least 12 people that died when a gunman opened fire at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.
The 18-year-old’s body was transported from Southern California to her hometown of Napa with an escort of patrol cars from Napa Police and the Napa County Sheriff’s Department, the Napa Valley Register reported.
This was an amazing tribute to an amazing young woman https://t.co/sLNDJrki2n— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) November 12, 2018
A FATHER'S PAIN
Alaina’s father, Arik Housley, told CBS news:
"My daughter's body was brought back to Napa today. We're going to bury her in four days. I should not have to do that."
Arik, his wife, Hanna Housley, and their family were joined in mourning by Napa residents who lined the streets to pay their respects to a life taken too young, too soon, and gruesomely.
My brother Arik and his wife Hannah and my nephew Alex are some of the best people you’ll ever meet. They and Alaina are some of the most generous people in the world...and love their Napa community. This is from them.... pic.twitter.com/y2kyFKfnoO— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) November 9, 2018
Bailey Stone, a friend of the Housleys who also went to Vintage High School with Alaina, confessed that knowing the way her friend passed makes it really hard for her to deal with the tragedy.
Another classmate, Sophia Green said tearfully: “She always had a smile on her face. Alaina was a very smart, caring person.”
With fires raging north and south, dozens of firefighters stayed back in Napa and raised the flag, into a smoke-filled sky, for Alaina Housley. https://t.co/YTM8f6t85W— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) November 12, 2018
Former Fox News correspondent, Adam Housley, shared photos from the procession on Instagram and expressed how touching the gesture was. “Humbled by how many lives Alaina touched and how many people,” Adam began.
“Several thousand lined the streets to welcome my niece home where she belongs. People were hugging, saying hello...from all walks of life. It’s the way things ought to be in this country. Live, love and respect. #enough #alainasvoice”
We are so very humbled. Heartbroken, but humbled. She was special. Can’t believe we are living this. Miss her every second, but know she is now safe and looking down knowing her legacy will be change to save others. Thank you to all, we feel your arms. #alainasvoice #enough https://t.co/V1SN4wXHJo— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) November 11, 2018
"NOT ABOUT GUN CONTROL"
Some of the mourners held placards with condolence messages to the Housley family, and others used the occasion to shed light on the increasing rate of mass shootings in the United States. Alaina’s family, however, believe the issue is "not about gun control."
Arik said the message to take from this tragedy “is about doing something bigger, to be with your community, to love one another."
Buttressing the point, Adam revealed one of the cruel remarks he got following the unfortunate incident: "I got one, 'You deserve it. You worked at Fox News.' And it got liked by about 78 people."
The journalist added:
"To get to the point where we can have a conversation about anything political, it has to start here [points to heart]. It has to start with the soul, because we've lost that."
"We don't believe that her voice will die. We believe that there is a message that's out there ...it's not about gun control, this message is about doing something bigger. To be with your community, to love one another," says Alaina's father Arik Housley. https://t.co/hLpbB0Pv5F pic.twitter.com/C9awGwyD8u— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 12, 2018
NIGHT OUT GONE WRONG
Alaina was the youngest of at least 12 people who lost their lives when Marine Corps veteran, Ian Long, opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill. She had gone line dancing with a couple of other girls at a college night hosted by the bar.
Following a frantic search for Alaina after the shooting, Tamera and Adam confirmed in a statement that their niece had been killed. The couple also posted tributes to the teenager, who a former classmate described as the “most selfless person.”
Hundreds line the streets of Napa as a procession returns the body of Alaina Housley, one of 12 people killed in the mass shooting at a Southern California bar and grill last week. https://t.co/CB5SAwRjGS pic.twitter.com/hQxkFu0Mjc— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) November 12, 2018
Condolences continue to pour in from across the world, including Tamera’s co-hosts on the daytime talk show “The Real.”
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