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Tamera Mowry’s niece killed in mass shooting in California

LOSS: Tamera Mowry, left, pictured with her niece Alaina Housley (Image: Tamera Mowry/Instagram)

ACTRESS AND talk show host Tamera Mowry has revealed that her niece has been killed in a mass shooting in the United States.

Alaina Housley, 18, was in the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night when a gunman, Ian David Long, opened fire, killing 12 people including a police officer.

On Instagram, Mowry shared some photos of Alaina and a heartfelt message.

She wrote: “Alaina. 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.

"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.”

The Real co-host had tweeted one of Alaina’s friends in the aftermath of the shooting after her family had failed to get hold of her or identify her whereabouts.

She asked Alaina’s friend, Ashley, if her niece was the only girl from their group unaccounted for, to which Ashley replied: “Yes, all the other girls are safe.”

Adam Housley, Mowry’s husband, described his niece as “truly special”.

Alaina’s parents released a statement confirming she was one of the victims and expressing their sadness at her death.

It read: “Words can’t describe our grief over losing our daughter, Alaina. She was everything we could hope for in a child: kind, smart, beautiful and respectful.

“She continued the family’s tradition of attending Pepperdine University. She was so happy to be a Wave. We are grateful to the Pepperdine community for their support during this difficult time.”

Her parents also touched on the gun control debate and thanked the family of the police officer who was killed by the shooter as he attempted to stop him.

“We want to honor [sic] 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.

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

Mowry’s twin sister Tia also conveyed her sadness at the passing of Alaina.

She shared an image of the young woman on her Instagram page with the caption: “Our sweet Alaina. We are broken. Our hearts are broken. We love you.”

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