Nearly three weeks after a gunman opened fire in a California bar on November 8, Tamera Mowry-Housley made a tearful return back to her place on “The Real” desk as a co-host of the talk show.
Tamera’s niece, 18-year-old Alaina Housley, was one of the 12 people killed in the mass shooting that took place at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
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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. 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.
The family laid Alaina to rest on November 15.
Tamera said during the first few minutes of “The Real”:
“Our family’s been through a lot. But the interesting thing about grieve is that you’ve got to find the balance of moving forward and grieve 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, oh sweet Alaina, to move forward. I don’t like to say move on because I don’t think I’ll ever move on with the fact that she’s not here with me or with our family. But she would want me to move forward and to use her voice as a catalyst for change and that’s why I am here today.”
The former “Sister, Sister” co-star then made a plea for that change.
Tamera tearfully said when it comes to gun violence, she doesn’t care if she has to knock on the doors of the White House to get the change that needs to happen:
“Alaina was very sweet and loving and kind. She was also a debater, so she would want me to debate that. But also I believe that it starts from within. Our country, and it’s sad to say this, but you have to be living underneath a rock to not believe these word: Our country is sick. It’s diseased it needs healing. It needs healing from within. We are so divided.
We should never have to fight for the safety of our children. We should never have to fight for that. That should just happen out of your heart, out of human decency. And I feel that if we talk to our representatives and talk from that place just maybe, maybe we will be able to move forward and if it is up to me I’m going to make sure it happens.”
Tamera took to Instagram, after her emotional plea aired, to thank her co-hosts for the warm welcome back:
I was nervous, anxious and determined to speak for Alaina. I truly believe she helped me today.
Alaina was a freshman at Pepperdine University.