Napa native killed in Thousand Oaks bar massacre mourned at former high school

- Vintage High School in Napa was in mourning Thursday after confirmation that Alaina Housley, 18, who graduated in June, was one of the victims of the mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar.

"We are heartbroken here at NVUSD here today," said Rosanna Mucetti, superintendent at Napa Valley Unified School District.

Alaina was an accomplished violinist and soccer player who was in student government and performed in school plays.

"She was just an all-around star here at Vintage," Mucetti said.

What makes it even more harder to bear is that Alaina's brother is a freshman at the school. Their mother, Hannah Housley is activities director and teaches history at the school.

"This is just really really a tremendous loss and a great deal of pain that's being felt here today," Mucetti said.

Principal Sarah O'Connor said, "Alaina Housley is exactly the kind of young person that we all want our kids to be. She's a model in that way, and she's really the product of an amazing family, an amazing school experience."

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Alaina was a freshman at Pepperdine University in Malibu, where she was studying English. "Our hearts are broken with the news of this profound loss," the university said in a statement. "We offer our deepest condolences to the Housley family and ask that our community join us in keeping Alaina's family, friends and loved ones in their prayers during this incredibly difficult time."

Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said in a statement that Alaina's "dreams were destroyed by a senseless act. The fact that Alaina will never have an opportunity to fulfill her goals is heartbreaking."

Alaina was the niece of former Fox News reporter Adam Housley who, along with his wife Tamera Mowry-Housley, a host on "The Real" talk show, had been hoping for the best.

Earlier in the day, Adam Housley tweeted, "Please pray if you believe...pray." And then later he released an official statement from the parents of Alaina Housley. 

Tamera's twin sister Tia Mowry wrote on Twitter, "Woke up shocked. Please pray. I am numb."

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