Tamera Mowry cries as she reveals daily anxiety concerning mass shootings after niece was killed

Claudine Varela
Feb 20, 2019
09:00 A.M.

Tamera Mowry breaks down as she opens up on "The Real" about her worries and fears months after her niece was tragically killed in a mass shooting.


Tamera Mowry hasn’t moved on from the death of her niece as she reveals she still has anxiety issues stemming from the incident.



Back in November, Mowry’s niece, Alaina Housley was tragically killed in a mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar which also claimed the lives of twelve other people including the lone gunman. Tamera and her family were devastated over the loss of Alaina, an 18-year-old college student who had a life ahead of her which was unfairly taken away.



Since the incident, the 40-year-old talk show host has been advocating for a solution for gun violence. A few weeks after the shooting, Tamera told her co-hosts on “The Real,”

“We need change when it comes to gun violence, and I don’t care if I need to knock on the doors of the White House to do it, to advocate change. Our country is sick, it’s diseased. It needs healing.”

She added,

“We should never have to fight for the safety of our children.”


It’s been more than two months since Alaina’s death but Tamera was in tears when she discussed gun violence on her show recently and the anxiety she still faces today.

“Everyday, I live in anxiety. Everyday, I live with fear.”


She compared herself to a duck which appeared calm on the river but underneath is constantly kicking to stay afloat. She admitted she was afraid to go to church for two months for fear of a mass shooting. She also felt hesitant to go to restaurants or even show up in “The Real” because she didn’t feel safe.

Tamera also opened up about her children’s plight after learning her 6-year-old son had to go through a drill in school to prepare for incidents such as shootings. She likewise expressed her regret that her 3-year-old daughter, at such a young age, is aware of what a gun is and what it’s capable of doing.


“I have a three-year-old who actually understands what a gun is and that a bad man came and killed her cousin.”

Tamera is frustrated that she can’t protect her kids from the sad reality that things like this happen.

“My goal is to keep my children safe, you know, have that sense of innocence, as long as I can. Unfortunately this is the reality that we live in now.”



Tamera shares her children with Adam Housley, whose brother, Arik is the father of Alaina. Adam and Tamera were heavily involved in searching for Alaina at the night of the shootings only to be devastated by the news that she was one of the people who was tragically killed.

A month later, Tamera felt Alaina’s absence as she realized the teen won’t be coming home for Christmas. The holidays were a sad time for the Housleys but Tamera tried her best to keep the spirit alive for her children.

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