Fil-Am student killed in California mass shooting

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 9) — 18-year-old Filipino-American student Alaina Punzalan Housley was killed in the mass shooting in a Southern California bar, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Friday.

American actress and TV host Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband journalist Adam Housley are mourning the loss of their niece Alaina, who is a freshman student in Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

"Our hearts are broken," the couple said in a statement released to CNN. "We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night's shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks. 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. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time."

Pepperdine University also shared condolences with the Housley family.

"Our hearts are broken with the news of this profound loss," the school 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."

DFA said it continues to monitor the situation to find out if other Filipinos and Filipino-Americans were killed or injured in the incident.

At least 12 lives were cut short on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. The gunman was 28-year-old Ian David Long, a Marine veteran who often visited the site of the shooting.