Family confirmed that the niece of a former Fox News correspondent was among the dead in the California nightclub massacre late Wednesday night that took the lives of 12 people and injured many more.
The young girl, 18-year-old Alaina Housley, was reported missing by her family. Housley’s uncle is former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, and her aunt is actress Tamera Mowry-Housley.
The suspect, who reportedly killed himself, opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks during a college night country music event.
What are the details?
On Thursday, Tamera pleaded on social media to help find her niece after a young girl purporting to be Alaina’s suitemate said that she was missing.
The young girl, named only as Ashley, wrote, “My suitemate is still missing, she is wearing denim shorts, a blue flannel and sneakers, pls let me know if you know anything #Borderline.”
In a tweet, Tamera responded, “Ashely [sic] this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?”
— Ashley (@amowreader) November 8, 2018
Adam later tweeted, “Please pray if you believe….pray.”
Please pray if you believe….pray.
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) November 8, 2018
What was her location?
A report in the Los Angeles Times revealed that Adam had gone looking for his niece at Los Robles Regional Medical Center around 3:30 a.m. local time, but was turned away, as the facility had been placed on a lockdown.
Adam told the outlet that his niece’s Apple watch and iPhone still showed her location as being on the bar’s dance floor.
Adam added that his gut told him his niece was dead.
“My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead,” he said. “I’m hoping I’m wrong.”
What about the couple’s fears?
In a statement later Thursday, however, the couple confirmed Adam’s fears: Alaina had not survived the massacre.
“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’s statement read. “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 The Hollywood Reporter, Alaina was a freshman at nearby Pepperdine University.