Tamera Mowry-Housley Pays Tearful Tribute To Niece Killed In Thousand Oaks Shooting

Tamera Mowry-Housley made an emotional return to The Real just two weeks after her niece Alaina was killed in the Thousand Oaks mass shooting.

In her first appearance since the tragedy, the 40-year-old actress and co-host of The Real opened up about how the tragedy impacted her and her family.

An 18-year-old college freshman, Alaina was just one of 12 people killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill near Los Angeles on November 7th.

Breaking down, the Sister, Sister actress said:

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

Adding:

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.”

Now, Mowry-Housley is determined to use her voice to take a stand against gun violence.

On the show she said:

“We need change when it comes to gun violence and I don’t care if I have to knock on the doors of the White House to do it—to advocate change.”

And:

“I believe that it starts from within. 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.”

Commenters on Twitter were sympathetic:

One person shared a similar story of loss:

Many agreed that things need to change:

Fans were thankful to Tamera for returning to the show in order to share her story:

RIP Alaina.

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