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Hundreds gather for Lovelady benefit

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Cars lined up along Nederland Avenue, as not only dozens, but hundreds of Southeast Texans came to show their support Saturday afternoon for the family of Victor Lovelady.

"I've never seen a link sale this big in the history of Nederland and we have them every weekend here," said Mike Lovelady.

Mike's brother Victor was one of the many hostages killed last week at an oil facility taken over by terrorists in Algeria. Friends Emmett Hollier and Joel Hebert decided to put on a benefit for Victor's family.

"The community, and not just Nederland but Southeast Texas has really poured out their hearts to this family, and we want to help this family as much as we can," said Hollier.
The links were going faster than they were coming. Setting up the benefit under short notice, Hollier said they originally had 1,500 sausage links to feed everyone, but by the end of the day needed more than 3,000.

Victor Lovelady leaves behind two children. All the proceeds went directly to the Lovelady family.

"Victor still had a son in college, and he (Victor) was the sole breadwinner for the family," said Mike Lovelady.

After all was said and done, the benefit raised more than $30,000.

"We've had folks just drive through and hand us $100 bills," said Hollier.

It was an incredible gesture that won't be forgotten.

"It's just amazing to see the people come out and support his family. It's great. Vic would be so proud. I know he's looking down on us, it's quite a tribute to him. He meant so much to this community and my family and we're just going to miss him dearly," said Mike.

If you weren't able to make it to the benefit but would still like to donate, you can do so by visiting any Five Point Credit Union and donate to the Victor Lovelady account the family has set up.



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