Just under a week after the tragic Thousand Oaks shooting, co-hosts of “The Real” are tearfully recalling a phone call from Tamera Mowry-Housley the night she lost her niece.
On Thursday, Mowry revealed her niece Alaina Housley was missing following the shooting that took the lives of 12 people.
“She was frantic,” Loni Love said of the phone call. “I immediately went over there to her.”
When Loni arrived, she helped Tamera look through reports while Adam Housley, Tamera’s husband, went to the crime scene to look for Alaina.
“Then we just started getting pieces of information,” Loni continued. “Tamera was calling every hospital she could because we were holding out hope that maybe she was at the hospital.”
According to Loni, Tamera was later contacted by one of Alaina’s suitemates, who said their group of friends had been dancing at the bar when Alaina decided to sit down at a nearby table. It was then when the gunman opened fire. Alaina’s suitemates were able to escape.
“Loni, Tamera actually wanted me to say something that she wrote for you,” Adrienne Houghton said on Monday’s show. “She said, ‘Please tell Loni, ‘thank you. Thank you for being there for me and answering her phone at 1 am. For giving me hope… until I got the call. Thank you for holding me and helping me breathe through the unthinkable. Thank you for always believing in the Housleys. The Housleys will be strong. We will never let Alaina or any other victim of gun violence die in vain.'”
Tamera and her husband shared the news of their niece’s death in a joint statement: “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. 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.”