Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley are mourning the loss of their niece, Alaina Housley.
The 18-year-old college student was among the 13 victims confirmed dead in the mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday night.
“Our hearts are broken,” they told The Hollywood Reporter in a joint statement on Thursday. “We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at 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.”
The actress and her husband, former Fox News correspondent, began searching for their niece when her suite mate took to social media to reveal she had been at the bar and was not accounted for.
“Ashely this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?”
Ashely this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?
— Tamera Mowry-Housley (@TameraMowryTwo) November 8, 2018
The college student explained that a handful of her suite mates had gone to the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night and some were still missing.
“A handful of girls went to line dance tonight and they’re not all accounted for,” she wrote.
According to reports, Tamera’s husband, Adam Housley tried to locate his niece at the Los Robles Regional Medical Center around 3:30 a.m. but was turned away because the facility was on lockdown.
“Staying positive and praying and hoping and wishing there was more I could do,” he posted.
He reportedly told the LA Times that he fears for his niece’s life.
“My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead. I’m hoping I’m wrong,” he said.
Tamera’s twin sister, Tia Mowry-Hardict, shared her shock and horror about the news on social media as well.
“Woke up shocked. Please pray. Please pray. I am numb,” she posted.
“Alaina Housely we are praying. We love u! If you know anything of any information please let us know. We love you!,” she added along with a sweet snapshot with the missing girl.
The shooter has been identified as 28-year-old, Ian David Long. He was found dead on the scene but it is currently unclear how he died. According to reports, he was a marine veteran who had a troubled past with the law.
He killed 12 people and injured over a dozen more in the deadliest mass shooting since the massacre at Parkland High School in Florida that left 17 people dead in February.