January 22nd, 2013
04:09 AM ET

American killed in Algeria hostage standoff 'really, truly felt safe there'

Victor Lovelady was excited about the job posting.

The money was good, and he got 28 days off for every 28 days he put in. Yes, it was in a remote natural gas facility in Algeria, but the Nederland, Texas, man assured his family it was safe.

"He said, 'Nothing's happened there in so long and my friends have been doing it for so long,'" his daughter recounted in an interview with CNN affiliate KFDM on Monday. "He really, truly felt safe there. He did."

But just 10 days after he returned to the sprawling complex in In Amenas from a visit home, Lovelady was taken hostage.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Victor Lovelady felt safe in Algeria?
    One can "really, truly" feel safe in California because there has been no truly devastating earthquake for a long time. It's the land of milk and honey.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    My condolences & prayers are with the families of those Americans killed. May others be safe.

    January 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    No matter how the media puts a spin on this incident, it was provoked by the French.
    A handful of Al-Qaeda do this and are instantly internationalized, portrayed as threat to rest of the world. Armies are on the move.
    This is exactly what they want. To be continually recognized & their image blown up.

    January 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    We may applaud the French action in our naive perceptions & may even see some results but in the long haul, decades as the British pm said that this war in N.Africa could continue, we'll see the folly. Just like Iraq & Afghanistan.

    January 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Mobilize African nations, its their military who should be there not ours.

    January 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Good morning@JI-F.

    January 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |