"Sister Sister" actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband have confirmed their niece was among the victims in the California bar mass shooting.
Alaina Housley was just 18, a promising student at Pepperdine University with plans to study law, was killed at the bar where she had gone line dancing with friends, her family said.
"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," Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley, a former Fox News correspondent, said in a statement.
Mowry-Housley is known for the 1990s TV series "Sister Sister."
Alaina was bright, popular and well-loved, a student who had a 4.5 grade-point average since junior high school and earned college scholarships, said her grandfather, Art Housley.
She played soccer and tennis all through high school, studied piano and violin, and sang, he said.
"She's a really good kid," he said, fighting tears, before her relatives learned their fears of her death were true. "Everybody loves her."
Associated Press writers Amy Taxin in Santa Ana; Christopher Weber in Thousand Oaks; Rebecca Boone in Boise, Idaho; Alina Hartounian in Phoenix; and Jennifer Peltz in New York contributed.