Tamera Mowry-Housley Makes Tearful Return to 'The Real' After Niece's Death in Thousand Oaks Shooting

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"It's obvious that we need change when it comes to gun violence," Mowry-Housley said on the syndicated daytime talk show.

Tamera Mowry-Housley had an emotional return to The Real on Monday following the death of her niece.

College student Alaina Housley was one of the 12 people killed at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, earlier this month. Mowry-Housley and husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, took to social media to search for information about their missing niece before they learned that Housley was among the victims.

"I knew Alaina since she was 5," the Real co-host shared during her return to the talk show. "She was so sweet. When Alaina would walk in a room, she would change the atmosphere."

"The Housleys, we were a group of 10, meaning whenever we were together, we were together," Mowry-Housley explained. "I'm very blessed to have an amazing mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, so they are my family along with my immediate family. We all get along and Alaina was my little sister. She was my niece from marriage, but she was my friend and my sister from my heart."

Mowry-Housley also discussed the need for something to be done to address the epidemic of mass shootings in the U.S. "It's obvious that we need change when it comes to gun violence. I don't care if I have to knock on the doors of the White House to do it. Alaina was very sweet, loving and kind," she said. "She was also a debater, so she would want me to debate that, but also I believe that it starts from within.

"Our country, and it's sad to say this, but you have to be living underneath a rock to not believe these words, our country is sick. It's diseased. It needs healing," Mowry-Housley continued. "It needs healing from within. We are so divided."