With the fires out and school back in session, the campus community at Pepperdine University honored Alaina Housley with an emotional memorial service on Wednesday.
During the service, her parents, both of whom were also Pepperdine alumni, spoke about their fond memories of the 18-year-old, and the support they’ve gotten from the community.
“We are so blessed to be a part of this Pepperdine family, looking at all of you today we are completely awed by the outpouring from all of you and all of you,” said mother Hannah.
The school will continue to honor the freshman student, who was among the 12 victims in the Borderline Grill shooting earlier this month.
For a community that had gone through both the shooting, and the massive Woolsey Fire a day later, they say it was also important for the campus to honor Housley.
“We did get hit really hard twice, first with the shootings then with the fire that happened and everyone being scattered, we know students need one another to grieve and we wanted to come together as a community.
The Housley family has started its own memorial, Alaina’s Voice, which hopes to promote kindness in an effort to curb violence.
Her aunt, actress Tamera Mowry Housley, emotionally explained the cause on her talk show girl chat.
In Alaina’s spirit, after spending nearly two weeks closed due to the fire, students have found some comfort in helping other, recently doing thanksgiving celebrations for victims of the fire.
The school itself has also set up Alaina Housley Memorial Endowment Fund.
The fund started with $100,000 in seed money.
The funds — which have now reached over $130,000 — will go to future Pepperdine students enrolling in Seaver College, giving Alaina’s short life a chance to create a lasting impact on students and teachers.