Tamera Mowry learned that she lost her niece Alaina Housley in the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Wednesday night.
It happened at the college hangout Borderline Bar & Grill where a line dancing event was taking place. After the news of the tragedy was reported, one of Housley’s friends said that she was unaccounted for, which Mowry responded to on social media.
“Ashley, this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?” she wrote.
At one point, Mowry’s husband Adam went to look for his niece at a local hospital but couldn’t get access because it was on lock down. He then learned that Housley’s iPhone and Apple Watch showed she was still at the bar, which he considered a horrible sign.
“My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead. I’m hoping I’m wrong,” said Adam to a local newspaper.
But sadly he wasn’t wrong, and Mowry confirmed the news on social media.
“Our hearts are broken,” she wrote. “We just learned that our 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.”
The gunman, who killed himself after the shooting, is named Ian David, a 28-year-old Marine veteran, who’s had past run-ins with the police. Twelve people were killed in the shooting, and police have yet to determine a motive.