A recent public service announcement addressing the seemingly endless wave of school shootings in the U.S. led co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley to break down in tears during Thursday’s edition of “The Real”.
Discussing the new PSA on the daytime talk show, Mowry-Housley, whose 18-year-old niece was among the victims of a 2018 mass shooting in a California bar, was overcome with emotion during the segment, dabbing at her tear-filled eyes with a tissue as she spoke.
As she explained, she hasn’t been able to bring herself to watch the disturbing new PSA produced by Sandy Hook Promise, “a national non-profit organization founded and lead by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.”
“I have chosen not to look at it just because I’m not ready right now,” she told her fellow co-hosts as she fought back tears. “But the reality is that you need to. I’ve experienced this in my life so I already know what it feels like.”
In fact, Mowry-Housley revealed that she’s currently in therapy to help deal with the trauma.
“I’m getting grief therapy, and to move on I just have to compartmentalize my days,” she said. “I don’t want it to get to a point that it has to happen to you so that you’re finally sensitive on the subject. I can only speak as a victim of this, but I don’t want my niece to have died in vain.”
Shortly after her niece’s murder, Mowry-Housley shared an emotional tribute on Instagram. “It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us,” she wrote.
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Alaina. My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano. Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game. I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.