Alaina Housley was a victim of the 2018 mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California

By Jodi Guglielmi
July 27, 2020 12:13 PM
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Tamera Mowry-Housley and Alaina Housley
| Credit: Tamera Mowry/Instagram

Tamera Mowry-Housley is remembering her late niece Alaina Housley on what would have been her 20th birthday.

The actress and former co-host of The Real paid tribute to her niece, who was killed in the 2018 mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, sharing a photo of her 7-year-old son Aden posing with Alaina.

"When I look at Aden, I see glimpses of you," she wrote on Instagram. "Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. You were such an angel on this earth, and now you are one in heaven. I miss you. Happy heavenly 20th birthday Lai Lai."

Mowry-Housley confirmed that her niece had been a victim of the Thousand Oaks mass shooting on November 8, 2018. “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," she wrote on Instagram at the time.

“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,” she added. “I love you. I love you. I love you.”

On Nov. 7, 2018, 12 people, including a Sheriff’s deputy, lost their lives when a 28-year-old former Marine, Ian David Long, opened fire on the crowd who were enjoying a college country night at the Thousand Oaks venue. Long killed himself too.

Six months after the tragedy, Mowry-Housley said she was still struggling to come to terms with her niece's death.

“Missing you every day. I often do a double-take at women that remind me of you! The pain of how you were taken from us comes back.”

“I randomly envision hearing your voice and holding Aden and Ariah’s hands like you did,” she added of her son and 5-year-old daughter. "I wish you were here to see my children grow, and for us to see the woman you were to become. I’ll have to accept we have a warrior of an angel watching over us now. Love you.”

In response to her moving tribute, the star’s husband Adam Housley wrote in the comments of his wife’s post, “This breaks my heart every day. Every second of every day.”