Body of Nederland man killed in Algeria to return Saturday, family says

Friday, January 25, 2013
The family of Victor Lovelady held a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss his death in the Algerian hostage standoff. In this undated image released Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, by BP petroleum company, showing the Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. Islamist militants from Mali attacked the Amenas natural gas field partly operated by BP in Algeria early on Wednesday, killing a security guard and kidnapping at least eight people, including English, Norwegian and Japanese nationals, an Algerian security official and local media reported. Algerian forces, later caught up with and surrounded the kidnappers and negotiations for the release of the hostages are ongoing, officials said.(AP Photo/BP)

Services for one of two Houston-area men who were killed in the Algerian hostage standoff have been scheduled.

The family of 57-year-old Victor Lovelady says his body will returned to Nederland Saturday night. A visitation will be held from 5-8pm Monday at St. Charles Catholic Church, 211 Hardy Avenue. A funeral will be held at the same church at 11am Tuesday.

Lovelady is one of 38 hostages killed at the Ain Amenas gas field in the Sahara Desert. He was working at Rovan as a contractor for BP, which partly operated the gas field. The four-day standoff ended January 19 after Algerian troops stormed the complex.

Lovelady grew up with his brother in Nederland, a place he called home until just two years ago when he moved to the Houston area.

Lovelady first went to Algeria in November, returned home for the holidays, then went back to Algeria after the first of the year. The family says he had only been there for about 10 days when he was killed.

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