A tragic mass shooting occurred on Wednesday night at a bar in Thousand Oaks, CA that left 12 people dead, including a sheriff’s sergeant who had rushed into the building to engage with the shooter. The incident of course garnered plenty of coverage from the mainstream media networks, but the Fox News Channel soon learned that the tragedy had hit exceptionally close to home for the Fox family, as the niece of a well-loved former reporter was among the dead at the shooting.
Fox News reported that 18-year-old Alaina Housley, niece of semi-retired Fox News reporter Adam Housley, was killed in the terrible massacre.
Housley and his wife — actress Tamera Mowry-Housley — released a statement on Thursday confirming the death of their beloved niece.
“Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” the Housleys said in the statement.
“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 statement continued. “We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”
The young woman was enrolled as a freshman at Pepperdine University.
There was somewhat of a family tradition of attending the California school.
Importance of family
Family is rather important to Adam Housley, as it was the primary reason for his recent departure from Fox News after serving admirably as a reporter for the network for 17 years as a senior correspondent and occasional fill-in anchor.
In an August interview with Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade, Housely revealed that he felt the need to step away from his media career, at least temporarily, in order to spend time with his young children and work on his family’s vineyard in northern California.
However, his departure from Fox News was on good terms, and it was evident from the interview that a door remains wide open for his welcome return to the network at some point in the future.
Housley left his career for his family, only to have a young member of that family brutally ripped away in a despicably murderous act.
The Housleys, as well as all of the families of the other victims, could use some prayers of support as they cope with the tragic loss of their loved ones.