"Sister Sister" actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband say their niece Alaina Housley was killed in the California mass shooting, The Associated Press reports.
The actress and her husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, issued a statement Thursday that confirmed their niece, 18, was a victim in the shooting at a country music dance bar in Southern California on Wednesday night.
"Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks," the couple stated via their joint representative, Chantal Artur. "Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time."
According to authorities, 12 people were killed by the gunman and many more injured in the attack.
Early on Thursday, it was reported that the couple were searching frantically for their niece when they learned she hadn't returned to her Pepperdine University dorm on Wednesday night. A suitemate of the couple's freshman niece went on Twitter to say her friend was missing and offered a description of what she was wearing. Mowry-Housley responded by identifying herself as Housley's aunt and sought to contact the suitemate directly. The suitemate then told the actress that she was already in contact with Mowry-Housley’s husband.
In a separate tweet, the missing girl's suitemate asked for prayers for her residence hall. “A handful of girls went to line dance tonight and they’re not all accounted for.” She later said that all of the girls except for Housley had returned.