Tamera Mowry-Housley has paid tribute to her late niece Alaina Housley on the anniversary of the Thousand Oaks mass shooting.
Alaina, who was 18 at the time of her death, was one of 12 people who died after gunman Ian David Long stormed the Borderline Bar during a college event on November 7 2018.
Sister, Sister star Tamera shared a boomerang video of Alaina playing around in a swimming pool with a small child.
Paying tribute to her niece, the Real host wrote: ‘There are days I loop my LIVE photos just to get a glimpse of you; your spirit, your smile, your kindness. 2 years without you…it still hurts.
‘I miss my Lai Lai. The kids still talk about you and know you are their personal angel.’
Alaina was the niece of Tamera’s husband Adam Housley and the daughter of his brother Arik.
In the hours after the shooting, Tamera pleaded for help in locating Alaina after she was declared missing following the incident.
Once it was confirmed that Alaina was sadly one of the victims, Tamera said in a statement at the time: ‘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. We thank everyone for your prayers.’
A few weeks later, Tamera broke down in tears as she paid tribute to Alaina on an episode of The Real.
She explained: ‘My 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, I don’t think I’ll ever move on with the fact she’s not here with me or our family.’
The TV star added: ‘We need change when it comes to gun violence, and I don’t care if I need to knock on the doors of the White House to do it, to advocate change. Our country is sick, it’s diseased. It needs healing.’
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