Tamera Mowry-Housley made an emotional return to television on Monday, a little more than two weeks since her niece, Alaina Housley, was killed at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.
“I knew Alaina since she was 5,” a tearful Mowry-Housley said on ‘The Real.’ “She was so sweet. When Alaina would walk in a room, she would change the atmosphere.”
Alaina, a freshman at Pepperdine University and a 2018 graduate of Vintage High School in Napa, was one of 12 people killed during the Nov. 7 tragedy in Thousand Oaks. Mowry-Housley and husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, took to social media to search for information about their missing niece before they learned that Housley was among the victims.
“Our family’s been through a lot. But the interesting thing about grief is that you’ve got to find the balance of moving forward and grieving at the same time,” Mowry-Housley told her co-hosts.
“It’s just been a little over two weeks. She would want me to be here and she would want me, sweet Alaina, to move forward. I don’t like to say move on, because I don’t think I’ll ever move on with the fact that she’s not here with me or with our family,” she continued. “But she would want me to move forward and to use her voice as a catalyst for change, and that’s why I’m here today.”
During her return, Mowry-Housley took some a few moments to advocate for stricter gun control.
“It’s obvious that we need change when it comes to gun violence,” she said. “I don’t care if I have to knock on the doors of the White House to do it. … Our country, and it’s sad to say this, but you have to be living underneath a rock to not believe these words, our country is sick. It’s diseased. It needs healing. It needs healing from within. We are so divided.”
During a Nov. 8 memorial vigil in Yountville, Alaina was remembered as a driven role model, a standout athlete and a singer in the Vintage High choir. She also attended Yountville Elementary, Vichy Elementary and Silverado Middle School. According to the Napa Register, Alaina’s mother, Hannah, is Vintage High’s activities director and history teacher, and her brother is a freshman at the school.
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