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Algerian Terrorist Attack Grips Texas; Nederland Man’s Family Struggles with Loss [Listen]

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Algerian security and forensic officers monitor as body bags of victims that were killed during the hostage crisis at a desert gas plant in Algeria's deep south are unloaded from refrigerated trucks in In Amenas that are transporting the bodies to hospital for identification on January 21, 2012. Two days after Algerian forces ended a hostage crisis at a desert gas plant, the exact toll of those killed in the bloodbath remained unknown, amid fears the total number of hostages who died could reach 50. AFP PHOTO / FAROUK BATICHE

Algerian security and forensic officers monitor as body bags of victims that were killed during the hostage crisis at a desert gas plant in Algeria’s deep south are unloaded from refrigerated trucks in In Amenas that are transporting the bodies to hospital for identification on January 21, 2012. Two days after Algerian forces ended a hostage crisis at a desert gas plant, the exact toll of those killed in the bloodbath remained unknown, amid fears the total number of hostages who died could reach 50. AFP PHOTO / FAROUK BATICHE

Among the three Americans killed in the hostage standoff in Algeria is a Houston area man. NEWS 92 FM’s Pattie Shieh has more from the family of Victor Lovelady.

“I want people to know how wonderful my dad was,” Erin Lovelady said, struggling through tears to share her memories of her father, Victor.

Victor Lynn Lovelady (Credit: Channel 12 ABC - Beaumont)

Victor Lynn Lovelady (Credit: Channel 12 ABC – Beaumont)

The 57-year-old was a contract worker for British Petroleum. He was one of two Texans killed after militants took over a remote natural gas facility in Algeria. Erin told KFDM what she wanted people to know.

“How great of a dad he was, how much he’s going to be missed by me and my mother and brother.”

Despite his family’s concerns, Lovelady assured them the sprawling natural gas complex was safe, that there was protection at the facility and he never set foot outside of it.

“We asked him all the time, do you feel safe? Do you feel safe going?,” she said. “If you don’t feel safe, you don’t have to go and he goes, ‘Oh, I feel safe. Nothing has happened there in so long and my friends been doing it for so long and it’s fine Erin, it’s so safe’.”

The Lovelady family is well known in their hometown of Nederland.

Victor’s older brother, Mike, is a former longtime chief with the Nederland Fire Department. Mike is still struggling because the family earlier had been told Victor survived, that he was alive and well.

But it now appears he was killed in the final push by the Algerian military to free the dozens of hostages Saturday.

“I can associate my brother getting in a car wreck or having cancer, but terrorism and Nederland, Texas don’t go together,” Mike said.

An account has been established at Five Point Credit Union for Lovelady. You may make donations by visiting or calling any Five Point location.

Victor Lovelady is survived by his wife Maureen, daughter Erin and son Grant.

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