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Victor Lovelady had worked only ten days of a 28-day assignment at a natural gas plant when militants attacked it in Algeria ...
last week. He is among three Americans killed at the plant. (Jan. 21)
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SHOTLIST:KFDM - Courtesy / AP Clients OnlyNederland, Texas - Jan 211. SOUNDBITE: Erin Lovelady/Daughter I played softball my whole life and he was always there....for every tournament...I looked for him...all the way through college he was there....he's just....there are just so many memories....so many....but i'm daddy's little girl.2. SOUNDBITE: Erin Lovelady/Daughter "and we talked about vacation this summer....because we had planned to go on a trip with our family...and he wanted us to have all the good things...and he wanted to spend time with my mom....because she was home....and he wanted to see her and spend time with her....so excited to have more than two weeks off in a year.3. SOUNDBITE: Erin Lovelady/Daughter He told us all the time....we asked him all the time....do you feel safe...do you feel safe going...if you don't feel safe....you don't have to go....he said i feel so....nothing has happened there in so long."STORYLINE:Three U.S. citizens were killed in last week's hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria, while seven Americans made it out safely, Obama administration officials said Monday. The State Department confirmed that gas workers Victor Lynn Lovelady of Houston, Texas, and Gordon Lee Rowan were killed at the Ain Amenas field in the Sahara. U.S. officials identified Texas resident Frederick Buttaccio as the first death last week.At their home in Nederland, Texas, Lovelady's family reflected on his death. His daughter Erin said, " We asked him all the time, do you feel safe? Do you feel safe going? If you don't feel safe, you don't have to go. He said i feel so, nothing has happened there in so long." Militants who attacked Ain Amenas had offered to release Lovelady and Rowan in exchange for the freedom of two prominent terror suspects jailed in the United States. The Obama administration rejected the offer outright. A Colorado man survived the hostage crisis by hiding from the terrorists for 2 1/4 days before escaping to a nearby Algerian military base.