Tamera Mowry-Housley makes emotional return to talk show after niece’s murder during Thousand Oaks mass shooting

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It was difficult first day back to work filled with tears for The Real’s Tamera Mowry-Housley who took time off to grieve the death of her niece Alaina Housley, one of the victims who died in the tragic Thousand Oaks shooting.

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Mowry received a supportive welcome back from the audience and her co-hosts Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai. Visibly upset, she talked lovingly about the slain 18-year-old.

“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,” Mowry said through tears.

“We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”

She continued, “Our family’s been through a lot, but the interesting thing about grief is that you’ve gotta find the balance of moving forward and grieving at the same time.

“She would want me to be here. And she would want me … sweet Alaina … to move forward,” Mowry said on Monday.

“I don’t like to say move on, because I don’t think I’ll ever move on with the fact that she’s not here with me or with our family.”

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  earlier this month. She was laid to rest Nov. 15, The Daily Mail reports.

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The shooter has been identified as 28-year-old, Ian David Long. He was found dead on the scene.

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.

A foundation has been set up in the youngster’s honor, Alaina’s Voice, at alainasvoice.org.