The country is still in mourning after 13 people lost their lives in a Thousand Oaks, California bar shooting this week. One victim, Alaina Housley, was the niece of The Real talk show host Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley, with the actress writing an open letter to her slain family member via Instagram.
“Alaina. My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks,” Mowry-Housley begins the heartfelt note. “I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us.”
She went on to share fond memories of the college freshman, who spent just one semester at Pepperdine University before her death.
“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,” Mowry-Housley went on. “You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.”
Click below to check out the full letter.
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…
— Tamera Mowry-Housley (@TameraMowryTwo) November 9, 2018
Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict also shared her condolences, writing, “Our sweet Alaina. We are broken. Our hearts are broken. We love you.”
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Adam Housley, whose brother lost his daughter, shared a note from the family via Twitter. In it, they offered their condolences to Aliana’s fellow victims while remembering their pride and joy.
“My brother Arik and his wife Hannah and my nephew Alex are some of the best people you’ll ever meet. They and Alaina are some of the most generous people in the world…and love their Napa community. This is from them….”
Read the family statement below.
My brother Arik and his wife Hannah and my nephew Alex are some of the best people you’ll ever meet. They and Alaina are some of the most generous people in the world…and love their Napa community. This is from them…. pic.twitter.com/y2kyFKfnoO
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) November 9, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.