Alaina Housley had been a victim of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in 2018
Tamera Mowry-Housley lost her niece Alaina Housley on Nov 7, 2018 duting the mass shooting that happened at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
The Tia & Tamera star wrote a touching message on Instagram under a video of Alaina and Tamera’s baby in a swimming pool. She wrote about her niece’s spirit, smile and kindness, and that her kids still talk about her and know that she is their personal angel. She also added a short note in the end saying she will never forget, and sent her prayers to everyone affected by gun violence, and the victims living in its aftermath.
A day of remembrance
Tamera confirmed the incident two years ago that her niece was also among the victims in the mass shooting. During the shooting, 9 men and 3 women lost their lives. The killer was a 28-year-old former marine named Ian David Long, who started by killing the clerk and then opening fire at the crowd that was enjoying a college country night. He went in carrying a laser sight pistol and seven magazines, and a pocket knife as well. Almost 60 rounds were fired, and he threw smoke bombs as well. He himself shot himself in the end.
Long had served in the Marine Corps from 2008 to 2013, and after leaving, attended California State University, Northridge from 2013 to 2016 but didn’t graduate. He had been visited by police and a mental health crisis team in 2017 for his irrational behaviour, but wasn’t put in a psychiatric facility.
Mowry-Housley also paid tribute to Alaina in July, on what would’ve been her 20th birthday, by posting a picture of her 7-year-old son Aden with Alaina.