Victor Lovelady was a loved man. He was loved by his family, especially his daughter, Erin.
The 27-year-old teacher considered him a father, friend and mentor all rolled into one.
"There's no words," she said through tears. "When I was upset, I could call him. When I was happy or when I needed some guidance … I can't do that anymore. I don't have that anymore."
Victor was one of three Americans killed in the hostage drama that played out in the Algerian Sahara when terrorists took over a natural gas plant.
His family is critical of the Algerians for how they took the plant back from the terrorists in an all-out assault by special forces. They feel they should have waited for backup from Navy SEALS or the British SAS.
"I think we could've done better than with an all-out military assault," Erin said. "That's my personal feeling."
They say he thought he was safe.
He loved Africa, loved his job, and loved his family most of all.
They say they don't know exactly how he died, or much about his last moments, and that haunts them.
"I hate to think that he was scared or that I don't know if he suffered and that unknown is going to bother me," Erin said.
No funeral arrangements have been made yet.
KRIV FOX 26 4261 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77027