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'Sister, Sister' star Tamera Mowry-Housley's niece confirmed dead in Thousand Oaks shooting

'Sister, Sister' star Tamera Mowry-Housley's niece confirmed dead in Thousand Oaks shooting
Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, confirmed that their niece, Alaina Housley (inset), was killed Wednesday night. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, have confirmed that their 18-year-old niece Alaina Housley was among the victims in the Wednesday night attack on a popular college bar in California.

“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 said in a statement.

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“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.”

Adam Housley opened up further about his “incredible” goddaughter to Entertainment Tonight, and spoke of how the Pepperdine University freshman was looking forward to traveling to Italy for an overseas program.

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“She helped people, she was always there. She volunteered, she coached soccer,” he said. “She was just a good human being… Senseless, man, just senseless.”

Mowry-Housley’s sister Tia Mowry also chimed in on Twitter, writing, “Our sweet Alaina Housley is gone. We love you. We are devastated.”

The former “Sister, Sister” star, 40, had been publicly asking for information on Alaina’s whereabouts after noticing a Twitter post shared by a concerned suitemate who said the teenager was the only one unaccounted for in their group of friends.

“Ashley this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley,” the star wrote on Twitter. “Can you please DM me you information?”

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The suitemate responded to say she’d been in touch with Mowry-Housley’s husband, but that she had no new information to report.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Adam Housley turned up at a local hospital in the aftermath of the shooting to look for Alaina, but was barred entry by a guard, as the hospital was on lockdown.

“My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead. I’m hoping I’m wrong,” he told the Times, noting that Alaina’s Apple Watch and iPhone still said her location was on the dance floor.

Thousand Oaks shooter, Ian David Long, is pictured in an undated photo.
Thousand Oaks shooter, Ian David Long, is pictured in an undated photo. (Handout)

Alaina was enjoying a night out with suitemates at the Borderline Bar and Grill when the gunman, 28-year-old Ian David Long, unleashed a torrent of bullets, killing a police officer and at least 11 others.

“You just don’t think that – same stupid quote – you just don’t think it’s going to happen you,” he said.

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