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Family remembers Texas man who died in Algeria standoff

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FILE: This undated photo provided by the family shows Frederick Buttaccio, who died in a terrorist attack at a natural gas complex in Algeria. (AP)

The family of a Texas man who died in a deadly terrorist attack at a natural gas complex in Algeria says he is being remembered for his "loving heart, caring nature" and sense of humor.

Frederick Buttaccio's family says in a statement Saturday it had been informed by the State Department that their loved one had been killed.

U.S. officials told The Associated Press Buttaccio's remains were recovered Friday.

His family says Buttaccio "spent a lifetime experiencing the world and always respecting everyone he met, no matter their position, culture, or religion. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all families impacted by this ordeal."

The four-day standoff ended Saturday after Algerian troops stormed the complex. The clash left at least 23 hostages dead and killed all 32 militants involved.

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