THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) — The niece of actress Tamera Mowry is among the 12 people killed by a gunman in a mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar Wednesday night.

In a statement, Tamara Mowry and her husband, Adam Housley, revealed that their niece, Alaina Housley, had died in the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill. Alaina was a freshman at Pepperdine University.

“Our hearts are broken,” the statement read. “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.”

Pepperdine’s student newspaper, the Pepperdine Graphic, reported that Alaina was a freshman who was majoring in English.

Alaina Housley’s roommate had posted images of her on Twitter, saying she was still missing following the shooting.

The tweet drew a plea from the actress, who asked Ashley to send her a direct message her. In a heart-rending exchange, Ashley said she has already been in contact with Elena’s uncle, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, but that there was no news yet about her whereabouts.

Ashley said that all the other girls she and Alaina were with were accounted for.

Alaina’s Apple Watch pinged from inside the club, and her aunt said they had not heard from her for seven hours. In an awful twist, Adam Housley was one of the reporters on the ground who covered the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, according to CBS2’s Peter Daut.

Tia Mowry, who starred with her twin in the TV show “Sister Sister,” posted an image of a young Alaina between the two Mowry sisters at one of their weddings.

“Alaina Housely we are praying. We love u!” she wrote.

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Comments (4)
  1. Our condolences to those that have lost loved ones.

  2. The NIECE of an EX-CNN guy gets a headline over the other victims. That makes her story special? Because you think you’re special? You are special, but not in the way you think.

  3. Ex-Fox News not CNN. Not that it matters. Maybe the others were not missing and she’s the only one they were looking for? I don’t know. But celebrities always are in the news. :/ This is so sad! 🙁

  4. Gina DiLuzio says:

    Says here she was a freshman at Pepperdine, so I assume 18, and I also read another article where they gave her age as 18. Don’t you have to be 21 to go to a bar, unless it was a special event for under-21-year-olds, too?

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