(1010 WINS) -- "Sister Sister" actress and "The Real" co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband released a statement Thursday confirming that their niece, Alaina Housley, was among the 12 killed in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.
"Our hearts are broken," the couple said in a statement. "We just learned that our niece 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 and ask for privacy at this time."
Earlier in the day, the couple had announced that they were desperately searching for Alaina.
A Pepperdine University suitemate of the couple's freshman niece, Alaina Housley, went on Twitter to say her friend was missing and offered a description of what she was wearing.
Mowry-Housley responded by identifying herself as Housley's aunt and sought to contact the suitemate directly.
Authorities say a gunman killed 12 people, including a sheriff's sergeant, Wednesday night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.
Housley's suitemate said on Twitter that Housely was among a group of women who went dancing at the bar and has not returned.
Mowry-Housley's husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, also took to Twitter to ask: "Please pray if you believe---.pray.''