Tamera Mowry-Housley Makes Emotional Return to “The Real” Following Niece’s Death

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In early November, tragedy struck once again when a lone gunman opened fire in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Among the twelve killed was actress Tamera Mowry-Housley’s niece, Alaina Housley.

Now, Tamera has returned to her daytime talk show, “The Real,” making an emotional statement about her last few weeks.

“Our family’s been through a lot,” she started. “The interesting thing about grief is that you’ve got to find the balance of moving forward and grieving at the same time.”

“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 from the fact that she’s not here with me or with our family.”

She went on to say that she hopes to use Alaina’s voice as a “catalyst for change,” enacting change in order to stop gun violence.

Shortly after her niece’s passing, Mowry took to Instagram to share photos of Alaina along with a sweet message about the things she loved most about her. “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,” she said.

“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.”

 

Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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