Katy man killed in Algerian hostage crisis

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:09 PM

KATY -- A family in Katy has learned that one of their own is not coming home.

Fred Buttaccio, 58, graduated from the University of Houston and worked at BP. This week he died in Algeria.

According to a family friend, relatives do not know how he died.

Though Buttaccio is the first American casualty in the hostage crisis, he is neither the only American involved, nor the only one with ties to Texas.

Relatives confirmed that Mark Cobb, of Corpus Christi, escaped the militant attackers and survived.

Additionally, another man, who grew up outside Beaumont in Nederland, survived too.

“Well one of the things I heard is that he’s been released already and he’s already made a phone call back,” Keith Gebauer said.

Gebauer is a life-long friend who says his prayers are with the family.

“God Bless. That’s it. God bless. Godspeed home,” he said.

Friends and family will not reveal the man’s name until he is home. He is described as a 57-year-old project manager for ENGlobal and a father now living in Houston.

In the meantime, overseas, the government of Norway welcomed home five employees of a Norwegian energy firm Friday. They included four Norwegians and one Canadian.

As for the Buttaccio family, it is not likely that they will have anything to say to media anytime soon. They have asked for privacy.

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