Tamera Mowry-Housley’s Niece Killed in Thousand Oaks Bar Massacre
Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley has revealed her husband’s niece was among those killed when a gunman opened fire during college night at a crowded country music bar in California. Alaina Housley, 18, was killed in the massacre at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night.
Tamera and her husband Adam Housley issued a statement, saying: ‘Our hearts are broken’. ‘We just learned that our Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks.
‘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.’
The teenager was a freshman at Pepperdine University and had been at the bar with several friends. Her Apple Watch and iPhone showed her location as still inside the bar in the aftermath of the shooting. Her uncle Adam, who is a former Fox News correspondent, had rushed to the hospital at 3.30am in search of his niece after hearing reports of the shooting.
‘My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead. I’m hoping I’m wrong,’ Adam had told the LA Times before her dead was confirmed.
Two of her friends jumped out of a broken window and ran for safety but say they lost Alaina in the mayhem. They are in hospital now being treated for major injuries. Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus, who was first on the scene, was killed after being shot multiple times when he exchanged fire with the 28-year-old gunman, Ian David Long.
Borderline employee Telemachus Orfanos was among those confirmed dead. His social media indicates he attended the local Thousand Oaks High School and Moorepark College. Cody Coffman, 22, and Justin Meek, 23, were also among those killed inside the bar. Jason, Cody’s father, sobbed as he revealed that authorities told him on Thursday that his oldest son had died.
He said he spoke to his son just before he went to the bar Wednesday night. ‘The first thing I said was ‘Please don’t drink and drive.’ The last thing I said was ‘Son, I love you’,’ he said.
Cody had plans to go into the military and was speaking with U.S. Army recruiters. His father Jason had earlier rushed to the bar after hearing news of the shooting and calls to his son’s cellphone went unanswered. He feared the worst when a tracking app on his son’s phone indicated the device was still inside the venue.
Jason said he was alerted to the shooting when several of Cody’s friends started banged on their front door after 1am.
‘Some of his girlfriends got out but they didn’t know where Cody was,’ Jason said.