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Monday, January 21 2013, 08:10 PM CST
Victor Lovelady killed in Algerian gas plant siege

NEDERLAND - by Scott Lawrence/KFDM:

The family of a Nederland native described as a great father, a loving husband and talented worker, is confirming to KFDM News he was killed in the hostage standoff in Algeria.

Victor Lovelady, 57, of Houston, died during the standoff. Relatives tell KFDM News Lovelady had been Algeria only 10 days when militants attacked the plant.

KFDM Anchor Ashley Gaston spoke with Lovelady's family in Nederland. Watch for our reports tonight at 5, 6 and 10.

Lovelady's family learned of his death Saturday from the F.B.I.

Erin Lovelady and her uncle, Mike Lovelady, Victor's brother, spoke with KFDM News anchor Ashley Gaston Monday morning.

Erin, 27, is Victor's daughter.

Victor is also survived by his wife, Maureen, and their son, Grant.

Relatives tell KFDM an autopsy will be performed when Lovelady's remains are returned to the U.S.

He was contracted by BP to work at the Algerian natural gas plant and hired by Rovan.

Relatives say the job assignment was a promotion for Lovelady.

He told his family he wasn't scared to work there and felt safe. They had protection at the plant where he lived and worked.

He was contracted to work in Algeria for 28 days. He had been there only ten days before the hostage crisis Wednesday.

"He was a great father," Erin Lovelady told KFDM News. "I have so many wonderful memories of my dad. He taught me the tools to live as an adult. He was very kind, loving and laid back. I could talk to my dad about anything. He gave great advice."

"We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and ask that you continue in prayer for our family as we mourn the loss of Victor," said Mike Lovelady.



WASHINGTON (AP) - Two additional Americans were killed in last week's hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria, bringing the final U.S. death toll to three, an Obama administration official said Monday.

Seven Americans made it out safely.

The deceased Americans were identified as Victor Lynn Lovelady and Gordon Lee Rowan, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The official had no details on how the Americans died, and their hometowns were not released. The FBI has recovered the bodies of and notified the families.

Militants who attacked the Ain Amenas gas field in the Sahara had offered to release the pair in exchange for the freedom of two prominent terror suspects jailed in the United States: Omar Abdel Rahman, a blind sheik convicted of plotting to blow up New York

City landmarks and considered the spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist convicted of shooting at two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

The Obama administration rejected the offer outright.

Last week's desert siege began Wednesday when Mali-based, al-Qaida-linked militants attempted to hijack two buses at the plant, were repelled, and then seized the gas refinery. They said the attack was retaliation for France's recent military intervention against Islamist rebels in neighboring Mali, but security experts argue it must have taken weeks of planning to hit the remote site.

One American death was confirmed Friday, that of Texas resident Frederick Buttaccio. And five Americans had been taken out of the country before Saturday's final assault by Algerian forces against the militants.

The U.S. official said two further Americans survived the four-day crisis at an insecure oil rig at the facility. They were flown out to London on Saturday.

The overall death toll from the standoff has surpassed 80.

Algeria said after Saturday's assault by government forces that at least 32 extremists and 23 hostages of all nationalities were killed. On Sunday, the Algerian bomb squads found 25 more bodies, according to a security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. And a wounded Romanian who had been evacuated later died.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Victor Lovelady killed in Algerian gas plant siege

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West, Holmes ahead in early vote count

Special grand jury empaneled; sources say focus is on BISD

Thief caught on camera stealing donations from Salvation Army

Candidates and voters brave the rain

Fire department working to determine cause of structure fire

Chargois asks for support from teachers' associations in effort to reduce expenses by cutting jobs

Special grand jury empaneled; sources say focus is on BISD

Flash Flood Watch for several counties in Southeast Texas

TCEQ removes Port Arthur from Air Pollutant Watch List

Voters cast ballots in runoff elections

Seaweed invades Bolivar Peninsula beaches

BISD outlines reasons for declaring financial exigency; board agenda released for vote Thursday on cutting 300 jobs as part of $25 million reduction

Election on the horizon

Parents keep children home from school on Memorial Day

Southeast Texans celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice

California gunman changed his plan when he was kept out of sorority house

Alligator stops traffic on bridge

Game warden critically injured on Lake Sam Rayburn

Names released of man and woman killed in boat collision

BISD teachers fear for their jobs after superintendent announces eliminating 300 positions

Juror in Jessie Haynes' trial says race wasn't a factor in verdict

BISD superintendent wants to eliminate 300 positions to help save $25 million

Authorities identify body found in burned vehicle in Newton County

Babies learning to survive in water

Man gets automatic life sentence after Orange County jury convicts him of capital murder

BISD superintendent seeks to eliminate hundreds of positions

City of Kirbyville receives boil water notification

UPDATE: Suspect injured in officer involved shooting listed in stable condition

Update on BISD appeal of TEA takeover

Police asking for information about reported robbery

Jasper County S.O. investigates church burglaries

AP: Sterling surrendering control of Clippers

Man gets automatic life sentence after Orange County jury convicts him of capital murder

Update on BISD appeal of TEA takeover

Deputies shoot man accused of firing at them

Community reacts to Jessie Haynes guilty verdict

Hurricane season prediction

Hurricane season preparations

Breakthrough Hepatitis C treatment

Boil water notice for the Vidor area

DA's Office issues statement about verdict in Haynes trial

Two people taken into custody in connection with stolen travel trailer

Bill to expand Sabine-Neches Waterway going to President's desk

Orange tabby severely injured, left to die in plastic bag

Two people arrested following Crockett Street shooting

Judge sentences Haynes to two years probation, $2,000 fine; Haynes' appealing

Jury convicts Jessie Haynes

Jury deliberating in Jessie Haynes trial

NOAA predicts below-normal or near-normal 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Roommates with benefits: Ads offer free rent in exchange for sex

Two people injured, two in custody in Crockett Street shooting

Local veterans react to VA hospital scandal

6-foot snake rescued from car

BISD Police Chief Clydell Duncan responds to testimony in Haynes' trial

Child of man killed with wife outside Tyler County church could go to live w/paternal grandmother

Dangers of childhood obesity in Jefferson County

Religious banner case may head to Texas Supreme Court

Board votes to not renew Ruby Gunner's contract

Update: Closing arguments Thursday morning in Jessie Haynes trial

Ride of Silence to remember cyclists injured or killed on roadways

Local farmer wants to improve SETX bee population

Update: Melody Chappell testifying for defense in Jessie Haynes trial

Cleveland, Texas deputies kill woman threatening them with rifle

Man shot protecting mom during apparent attempted robbery

Prom date's text messages may shed light on teen's death at hotel

79-year-old beaten and robbed speaks out

Inconvenient Cab Ride

Organization releases annual ranking of Texas public schools

House approves bill that would widen & deepen Sabine-Neches Waterway

Day two in Jessie Haynes' trial

Crime Stoppers: May 20, 2014

Van driver cited in PA school bus accident

Jefferson County sees a number of home invasions

Update on testimony in day 2 of Jessie Haynes' trial

Update: 9 students checked out at hospital after driver runs into back of PAISD bus

PAPD: Roads to be closed for accident reconstruction

Family wants murder suspect back in jail

BISD not continuing adult education program next year

Three Port Arthur residents taken into custody in connection with attempted burglary

BISD record review rescheduled

Testimony continues in the trial of Jessie Haynes

TEA: Hearing with BISD delayed

Four more days of early voting

Man sentenced in connection with 2013 crime spree

Man sentenced in sexual assault case of two young girls

Elderly woman victim of home invasion

Investigators searching for cause of Kirbyville fire

Update: Fire consumes Kirbyville auto parts store

Port Arthur mother's death ruled a homicide

Parents pool house of Seattle Seahawks Earl Thomas destroyed in fire

Port Neches burglary suspects captured

PAPD investigates two home burglaries Sunday on Pleasure Island

Port Arthur school board to hear from teacher Ruby Gunner on Wednesday regarding her contract

Five people injured in Galveston County wreck

Family and friends of drowning victim start petition for life rings

Organizers plan Beaumont's first Gay Pride event

Local couple finds grenade in closet

PAPD investigating homicide

Court grants TRO preventing state from appointing board of managers, new superintendent for BISD

Beaumont man indicted on intoxication manslaughter charge

Clean up underway for oil spill at Motiva in Port Arthur

Nursing home activity director arrested on drug related charge

BISD issues statement about temporary restraining order against commissioner

Orange County Sheriff's Office looking for man accused of impersonating police officer

TEA releases statement about restraining order for BISD

PAISD issues statement about child killed in collision

Woman who made national news with case and settlement against Jasper is accused of shoplifting

Man's body found in burned car in Newton County

PAPD releases name of child killed in collision

BISD superintendent accused of keeping a settlement secret

Beaumont school board discusses finances

Woman accused of slapping baby in police custody on unrelated charge

Beaumont man charged with killing his two brothers and sister is indicted on capital murder charges

Man who admitted to fatally stabbing a Beaumont man is indicted

Police, CPS searching for woman seen on cell phone video slapping, screaming at baby

Man sentenced for Orange bank robbery

Haley Bull's live report from scene of crash that killed boy

Pictures from crash scene in Port Arthur

PA Police confirm child killed in crash

Accident with injuries reported in Port Arthur

WARNING - GRAPHIC VIDEO: Police search for baby and woman who slapped infant

Video shows woman slapping baby, using obscenities, telling child to "shut up." CPS, BPD searching for woman and baby

Judge refuses to block lowering of BISD accreditation; will rule Friday on TRO seeking to block board of managers

Update on Twin County Youth Baseball League board member charged with providing marijuana to minors

Helping a Hero dedicates home to SETX wounded warrior

KFDM learns BISD seeks to delay state takeover

A rash of assaults on elderly men in Southeast Texas has authorities wondering if they are connected.

BISD must return estimated $1.5 million to state for overestimating average daily attendance

Few attend BISD public hearing, some question agenda notification

KFDM learns little league board member charged with delivery of marijuana following sleepover involving minors

Report indicates family member of suspects charged in couple's murder led authorities to murder weapons in pond

Help to stamp out hunger: leave bag of non-perishable food items near mailbox on Saturday

Driver snatches purse, drags woman down road

NAACP raises questions about BISD takeover

BISD working to prove state compliance

WBHS parents upset because of delayed testing

Response to Supreme Court ruling to allow prayer before government meetings related to Kountze cheerleader case

Overtime payments to a BISD department raise questions

Meet addresses impact of takeover on BISD teachers

Meeting to address teachers' concerns about takeover

BISD superintendent, board president meet with members of a law firm

Shrimp prices skyrocket due to virus in Asia

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