Adam Housley opens up about niece's tragic death in California shooting: 'She was a good girl' (Exclusive)

Adam Housley spoke with ET's Kevin Frazier about the tragic loss of his niece, 18-year-old Alaina Housley, in Wednesday's deadly mass shooting.

"I mean, you know, I've been on your side the whole time, and to be on this side's not fun," he said, referring to his work as a journalist. "She was an incredible, beautiful girl who didn't hurt anybody, and was excited to go to Italy for a program overseas. Senseless, man, just senseless."

Struggling for words, Housley added, "She was a good girl. She was a good girl. Really good girl."

Housley had been outside the bar earlier Thursday morning, trying to call his niece and work with authorities to find her. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Tamera Mowry-Housley and her family arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - APRIL 12: Tamera Mowry (L) and Adam Housley attend the Mack, Jack & McConaughey charity gala at ACL Live on April 12, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley attend 19th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Adam Housley, Ariah Talea Housley, Aden John Tanner Housley, and Tamera Mowry at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie' at Regency Village Theatre on September 16, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley (L) and her Husband Adam Housley (R) attend the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 24: (L-R) Adam Housley, Aden John Tanner Housley, Tamera Mowry and Ariah Talea Housley attend Safe Kids Day at Smashbox Studios on April 24, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 24: Journalist Adam Housley (C) and Tamera Mowry-Housley (R) attend Safe Kids Day 2016 presented by Nationwide at Smashbox Studios on April 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Safe Kids Worldwide)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Adam Housley, Aden John Tanner Housley, Tamera Mowry and Ariah Talea Housley arrive at the 7th Annual Milk + Bookies' Story Time celebration held at California Market Center on April 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 04: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, 'The Real' talk show co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley, daughter Ariah, 8 months, son Aden, age 3, and husband Adam meet Princess Tiana on March 4, 2016, at Epcot theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Mowry-Housley enjoyed attractions at Walt Disney World with her family during a break from speaking at Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. The ninth annual event, taking place through March 6, is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students across the U.S. (Photo by Kent Phillips/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley attend the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards at Paramount Studios on February 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Tamera Mowry-Housley, den John Tanner Housley and Adam Housley arrive at the premiere of Disney-Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' on November 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 4: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Adam Housley, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict pose with sons Aden Housley and Cree Hardrict at Tamera Mowry-Housley's baby shower at Casa Del Mar on April 4, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 4: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Tamera Mowry-Housley (L) and Adam Housley attend Tamera Mowry-Housley's baby shower at Casa Del Mar on April 4, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Tamera Mowry (L) and her Husband Adam Housley (R) attend NBC-Universal's after party for the 72nd annual Golden Globes Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 04: Actress Tamera Mowry and journalist Adam Housley attend The Actor's Fund 2014 The Looking Ahead Awards held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex on December 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
Actress Tamera Mowry and television personality Adam Housley arrive at the Alliance For Children's Rights 18th Annual Dinner Gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on March 10, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Actress Tamera Mowry and reporter Adam Housley arrive at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on February 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley (L) and TV personality Adam Housley attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 24th Annual 'A Time For Heroes' at Century Park on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for EGPAF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, son Aden Housley and husband Adam Housley arrive at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 24th Annual 'A Time For Heroes' at Century Park on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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"I mean, you do what you do. She was my goddaughter, you know?" he said.

Housley and his family will continue to mourn, but hope to celebrate her young life and kindness.

"She helped people, she was always there. She volunteered, she coached soccer. She was just a good human being," Housley said.

Twelve people, including a sheriff's sergeant, were killed in the shooting in a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday night. 

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Friends remembered Kristina Kaylee Morisette as a bubbly, happy person. "I saw Kristina walking around right before it happened … It still seems like a dream. I just can't believe it," said a friend of her's.

(Photo: Facebook)

Alaina Housley, an 18-year-old freshman at Pepperdine University was killed. Alaina's aunt and actress Tamera Mowry released a statement saying her niece was one of the victims. Mowry is married to former Fox News national correspondent Adam Housley who said, "you just don’t think that — same stupid quote — you just don’t think it’s going to happen to you."

(Photo: Twitter)

Cody Coffman's father, Jason Coffman, identified his 22-year-old son as one of the victims killed in the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

"Cody was the big brother that my kids need," Jason Coffman said during a Thursday press conference. "I have a daughter coming on the 29th of this month, and [Cody] was so excited to have his first sister," he said. "And now she'll never know him."

(FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

California Lutheran University confirmed that recent graduate, Justin Meek, was killed in the shooting. The 23-year-old was reportedly working as a bouncer at the bar.

(Photo: Facebook/Justin Meek)

Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in a deadly shooting at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

(Ventura County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Telemachus Orfanos, 27, was a U.S. Navy veteran and his friends called him "Tel," according to the Associated Press. His mother spoke with ABC7 and said, "I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!"

(Photo: Facebook)

Noel Sparks was identified as one of the victims of the shooting by United Methodist Church Westlake Village on Facebook.

(Photo: Facebook)

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Dan Manrique was a 33-year-old former Marine Corps radio operator and head of the Ventura County chapter of veterans non-profit Team Red, White & Blue.

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Marky Meza Jr., 20, was working as a busboy at Borderline Bar & Grill when he was killed.

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Jake Dunham, 21, was at Borderline on Wednesday night with his friend, Blake Dingman. Both were killed in the attack.

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Blake Dingman, 21, was reportedly a well-known local athlete who played high school baseball at Hillcrest Christian School in Thousand Oaks.

"We were really proud of him," his aunt, Janet Dingman, told PE.com in a phone interview. “He was a really, fun, energetic and loving nephew.”

(Photo: Instagram)

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