Tamera Mowry’s niece is laid to rest, and the ‘Real’ co-host gives her a touching farewell

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 16, 2018
09:03 A.M.
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Alaina Housley was one of the patrons last week at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. She was with a group of friends when a gunman opened fire during a college night event.


Tragically, Housley was one of the people who died that night. Her aunt, Tamera Mowry-Housley and her family laid her to rest on Thursday.

Tamera Mowry-Housley, 40, laid to rest her niece Alaina Housley, 18, after she died last week at a college bar in Thousand Oaks, California. The star took to Instagram to share her grief and the news.

In her post she wrote:

“Today we lay you to rest sweet angel. I’ll miss you forever and your sweet smile. Until we meet again…”


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. “The Real” co-host added a touching quote from a friend she only called David.

The quote spoke about grief and Mowry-Housley revealed that it was her go to when she is “having a challenging day.” Twelve people were killed in the shooting that also took Housley’s life.


A gunman walked in bar and shots were first reported at about 11:20 p.m. according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. The bar in Thousand Oaks is west of Los Angeles.


Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley only found out their niece was dead when they searched for information about her on social media. The couple took out a statement confirming her passing.


The message read:

“Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks. 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.”


Via Instagram, Mowry-Housley paid tribute to her niece alongside a series of photo. She wrote:

“My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano.”


Her message continued:

“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. I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.”

Last Wednesday, the police arrived at the bar where shots were still being fired. Later on, they revealed that the shooter was dead but they didn’t confirm how the gunman died.

The 29-year-old man deployed a smoke device and used a .45-calibre handgun when he opened fire.

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