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.”
“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.”
“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:
My heart goes out to all the victims & their families. This shouldn't happen at all.
— The Notorious WANG (@NotoriousWANG) November 26, 2018
U are AMAZING….God Speed for Aliana and the Housley family
— Cindy (@MrsChappy) November 27, 2018
So sorry for your loss…and for all Americans who have lost loved ones through the insanity of gun violence.
— the inquisitor (@theinquisitor13) November 26, 2018
Bless her ❤️
— Jingle Dan Jingle Ny (@KweenBetch69) November 26, 2018
One person shared a similar story of loss:
I am sitting her watching you speak and my heart is breaking. Your words are needs to be heard by all. My dad was murdered and to see your pain brought back all of that sadness. I wish I could take it away from all of Alaina’s family. 💕
— 💋Bliss Bliss 🍒 (@doeeyedbrunette) November 26, 2018
Many agreed that things need to change:
Tamara my heart goes out to you and I totally agree with improving mental health resources. I live in SC for a year now and their laws here are absolutely terrible. This platform doesn't allow enough time for me to voice. If there a way to help each other I would love to.#help
— DivaGlenda (@DivaWoodard) November 26, 2018
Tamera is so right if what she said. I am truly so sorry for your loss but change is definitely needed ASAP!
— luvpink10 (@luvpink103) November 26, 2018
She is absolutely right. It starts from the top. I hope and pray it gets better.
— Pauline Mitchell (@pmitche51382) November 27, 2018
You could feel the love, pain, and concern as @TameraMowryTwo spoke. And she’s right our country is so divided right now and we need to come together before anyone else looses a life or another family is grieving a lost.
— Tasha (@tigerlily8030) November 27, 2018
Fans were thankful to Tamera for returning to the show in order to share her story:
Thank you for sharing your pain and grief with us. We hear you. Welcome back, Tamera💜 #ForwardandUpward
— 🌖♋all~outvluv🎦⚾ (@ll_outvluv) November 26, 2018
Well said Tamera, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
— Pamela Stewart (@vincygirl89) November 26, 2018