Tamera Mowry pays emotional tribute to niece who was gunned down in bar massacre

Grieving Tamera Mowry has paid tribute to niece Alaina Housley after she was shot dead in Wednesday night’s California bar massacre.

Twelve people were murdered when a gun man burst into a student night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks and opened fire before he was killed inside the bar.

On Thursday evening, Sister Sister star Tamera, who is married to Adam Housley, shared three pictures of her neice, including one of them together, and wrote: "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. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart."

The heartbreaking post continued: "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."

After learning that she was shot dead inside the bar, Tamera shared an emotional post on social media mourning the loss of the Pepperdine freshman.

The nightmare began when a gunman dressed in black shot the security guard at Borderline Bar & Grill at 11.20pm before throwing smoke grenades around the ‘crowded’ dance floor and opening fire.

Terrified teenagers hid under tables and dived out of windows before the killer, 29-year-old former marine David Ian Long, was shot.

The gunman was killed inside the restaurant however it is currently not known if he was shot by police or if he shot himself.

US Marine Corps veteran Long used a Glock 21 .45-calibre handgun with an extended magazine to carry out the mass shooting, officials say.

He is also believed to have deployed a smoke device during the attack in Thousand Oaks , leaving some revellers unable to see anything.

Hundreds of people – many, teenagers – were inside Borderline Bar & Grill when bullets started flying, leaving "blood everywhere".

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