Tamera Mowry-Housley made a heartbreaking return to The Real on Monday afternoon.
The appearance marked the host's first time on air since her niece, Alaina, was killed in the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill Bar Thousand Oaks, California earlier this month.
Alaina was an 18-year old English major at Pepperdine University and was one of a dozen people killed in this massacre.
Shortly after news of her death went viral, Tamera left notes on Twitter and Instagram that read:
"Alaina. My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks... I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken. And how soon you were taken from us.
"I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5... I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel."
Given the floor at the opening of The Real today, the 40-year old actress tried to get through her speech about Alaina and the violence incident without breaking down.
But it wasn't easy.
“She was my niece from marriage, but she was my friend and my sister from my heart," Tamera said, as pictures and videos of the two together were shown in the background.
"I loved that girl,” the panelist continued through tears. “ ....My heart needs a bandage.”
Alaina was lost in just the latest mass shooting to strike America, as Tamera composed herself well enough to vow that she would take action in whatever way she can.
She doesn't want anyone else going through what she and her loved ones have gone through since Alaina's passing.
“We need change when it comes to gun violence, and I don’t care if I have to knock on the doors of the White House to do it," Tamera shared, concluding:
"We should never have to fight for the safety of our children."
About two weeks ago, the Housley family held a memorial service to remember Alaina.
May she rest in peace.
Watch this video to see Tamera pay tribute to her niece on air.