UPDATE: After searching for Alaina Housley, it has been confirmed by Tamera Mowry-Housley and husband Adam Housley that his niece was one of the individuals killed in the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill. She was 18 years old.
“Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” the couple shared in a statement through their rep Chantal Artur. “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.”
Tamera Mowry-Housley and husband Adam are asking for prayers and any information people might have as they search for his niece, Alaina Housley. She was one of many in the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday night, where gunman Ian David Long, 28, went in and fired at random. Twelve people were killed during the shooting at the popular college bar, including a sheriff’s deputy on the scene in response to the shooting, according to Reuters. Alaina, a freshman at Pepperdine University, has not been heard from since. She was at the bar for a line dancing event.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Adam reportedly went to the hospital where shooting victims were being tended to in the wee hours of Thursday morning, but was told nothing. He told the LA Times that he was praying for the best but preparing for the worst.
“My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead,” he said. “I’m hoping I’m wrong.”
He took to social media hours later to ask for prayers:
Two of Alaina’s suite mates were at the Borderline with her but managed to make it out, even sustaining serious injuries after having to break a glass window to flee the bar. Unfortunately, the lost in her the melee of people trying to escape. They told Adam what they’d seen and heard, but in terms of Alaina, they couldn’t share much.
“You just don’t think that — same stupid quote — you just don’t think it’s going to happen to you,” he said to the LA Times.
Tamera has also been reaching out to people, including another one of Alaina’s suite mates, for help. When one put up Alaina’s photo on Twitter in the hopes that it would help, The Real co-host responded:
After exchanging information with the student, Tamera told a friend that they still hadn’t heard anything as of yet.
Tamera has also been receiving help from twin sister, Tia, who shared a photo of herself, Alaina and Tamera at Tamera and Adam’s wedding in 2011. She said, “Alaina Housely [sic] we are praying. We love u! If you know anything or any information please let us know. We love you! #borderline”:
The family as a whole is trying to stay encouraged and prayerful, specifically Adam, who says his niece is a “beautiful soul.”