NAPA, Calif. (KTVU) - There was complete silence along Napa's Soscol Avenue as police escorted the body of Alaina Housley through her hometown
The 18-year-old was killed during a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks last Wednesday.
Zoe Danner and Melanie Vargas attended Vintage High School with Alaina. They were one of hundreds who lined the street to pay respects and say goodbye to their friend.
"Words can't really describe what it's like because none of us were prepared for it,” said Vargas. “Alaina was the most selfless person I have ever met in my life,” said Danner. “There was never a day I didn't see her smile. And she worked as hard as she could every day to make everyone else feel special.”
Alaina had just started her freshman year at Pepperdine University.
Sergeant Ryan Cole was part of the police escort. He is one of several at the Napa Police Department who grew up with Alaina's parents and uncle.
“You take the life of a vibrant young lady who is really just starting out and it truly hits home,” said Sgt. Cole. “There are several of us volunteering our time today to help out the family with the escort. It's our way to give back and show appreciation to the family.
He says the Housley family has always given back to the community. This was an opportunity for others to support the Housley’s and provide comfort in a time of great need.