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Family seeks answers after Nederland man killed in Algeria

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Victor Lovelady, 57, of Nederland, is one of three Americans killed during a four-day siege at a natural gas plant. Victor Lovelady, 57, of Nederland, is one of three Americans killed during a four-day siege at a natural gas plant.
Mike Lovelady, Victor's brother and Erin Lovelady, Victor's daughter (Photo. S. Maldonado) Mike Lovelady, Victor's brother and Erin Lovelady, Victor's daughter (Photo. S. Maldonado)

NEDERLAND -- The family of a Nederland man who was killed in a hostage standoff in Algeria wants to know exactly how he died.

Victor Lovelady, 57, of Nederland, is one of three Americans killed during a four-day siege at a natural gas plant. Lovelady's family says he had just returned to Algeria from a visit home and had only been there ten days when militants attacked the plant.

The family tells 12 News they got word of his death over the weekend.

"We were informed by the FBI that there were preliminary reports that said my dad had been among the hostages and among the deceased. This was Saturday morning," said Victor's daughter Erin

The family received a call in the early morning hours on Monday confirming that remains found were those of Victor.

"I want to know how he died, that's important to me," said Victor's Brother Mike Lovelady.

A tearful daughter says she spoke to her father one last time Sunday, January 13th.

"I am very thankful he was able to speak to me and my brother and my mom before all this happened," says Lovelady's daughter Erin.

Erin says her father was a humble man that taught her that good things happen to good people. Erin says it's hard to come to grips with why such a horrible act of terrorism took her father's life.

Lovelady is survived by his wife, daughter and a son. He is a Nederland High School graduate and graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont.

Lovelady went to Algeria in November before coming home to Southeast Texas for the holidays. He went back to Algeria on January 7th, just over a week before the terrorist attack.

Erin says her father felt secure working at his job in Algeria.

"He made us feel that he was very safe and that he felt safe. That really bothers me now because he felt safe and I'm sure he was blind-sided and had no idea," she says.

Erin went on to tell 12 News that her father loved Africa. She said he visited South Africa 10 years ago. He loved the continent, the animals and the scenery. He also loved hunting, fishing and sports.

Services for Lovelady will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church in Nederland. The date and time are pending.

An account has been established at 5 Point Credit Union for Victor Lovelady. You can visit or call any 5 Point Credit Union location.

Congressman Ted Poe spoke on the house floor Tuesday morning on behalf of Lovelady.

"Although it was hard to be so far away from his family, Victor was excited to take the contract assignment so he could ensure a secure future for his family. That's just the kind of father and husband he was. The deal for this contract was 28 days on, 28 days off and he was just 10 days in with only 18 days to go. He was scheduled to come home to Texas the day after his daughter's birthday. His life was stolen by those who seek to destroy Americans - the radicals who inflict terror on all who believe in freedom," says Congressman Poe.

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