Last week, Alaina Housley, niece of Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley, was murdered in a mass shooting.
Now, the bright teenager has been laid to rest.
Temera shared a heartbreaking quote about grief to mark the occassion.
Reports on the 12 innocent lives lost in the Thousand Oaks shooting were consumed by stories of the raging wildfire that is tearing through Southern California.
But Tamera can’t think of anything but her niece, her grief, and her family.
“Today we lay you to rest sweet angel,” Tamera writes on Instagram.
“I’ll miss you forever,” she continues. “And your sweet smile.”
“Until we meet again,” Tamera adds.
She follows those words in her caption with an emoji of two linked hearts.
Her caption is beside an image of a very relevant quote.
“Grief never ends… but it changes,” the quote begins.
“It’s a passage, not a place to stay,” the quote continues.
The quote notes: “Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith.”
“It is,” the quote concludes. “The price of love.”
That is heartbreaking but very accurate.
Tamera gave context for the quote that she shared.
“This quote was sent to me by my friend David,” she says.
She didn’t tag him, which is a tasteful way to give him credit without getting him mobbed by fans.
“When I am having a challenging day,” Tamera shares. “I cling to it.”
She has had a lot of challenging days in the past week.
Her entire family has.
Tamera confirmed that she did not have sex until she was 29 and then, wracked by guilt due to her religious beliefs, remained celibate until marriage.
She has come under fire for her marriage to Adam Housley.
Some took aim at their interracial marriage — because yes, this world is still full of hatefulness and racism.
Others took aim because of Housley’s role at Fox News, a conservative outlet that gives a platform to outspoken white supremacists like Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson.
It should be noted that Housley departed from his role at Fox News in protest over the network’s pivot from actual journalism to Trump hype.
And at any rate, any criticisms that one might have of Tamera or her husband can wait.
They are in mourning.
Alaina Housley was a freshman at Pepperdine University.
It was college night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
What should have been a night to party, mix, and mingle turned into a massacre.
Tamera and Adam have expressed their sorrow, not only for their own loss, but for the other 11 innocents who were gunned down.
And for their families, and for the numerous individuals who were injured.
One of the victims who did not survive had, just a year earlier, survived the Las Vegas shooting.
To Alaina’s loved ones who survive her, the reality of her tragic death is still sinking in.
Some of them may feel betrayed that the world immediately moved on from the story of the massacre.
As we mentioned, multiple blazes following serious drought in Southern California have raged through.
Entire towns have been destroyed. Dozens are dead. Hundreds are missing or unaccounted for.
2018 has visited many horrors upon us all, but seems to be doubling down on the people of Southern California as the year draws to a close.
Rest in peace, Alaina. We hope that her family is able to cope with this unthinkable loss.