Suit: Marine's body sent home to Pa. without heart
PHILADELPHIA — The parents of a Marine sergeant who died while stationed in Greece say his heart was missing when his body arrived home in Pennsylvania for burial.
They've sued the Department of Defense.
Craig and Beverly LaLoup of Coatesville in Chester County said a military official told them about the heart only after 21-year-old Brian LaLoup's funeral last year.
They've been told he fatally shot himself at the U.S. Embassy compound and an Athens hospital performed an autopsy.
Beverly LaLoup said on Tuesday a heart was later sent to them — but it wasn't their son's. Their lawsuit seeks at least the minimum $75,000 for a federal claim.
Washington Greek Embassy spokesman Christos Failadis said the heart was removed for toxicology testing.
He won't comment on where it went.
The Department of Defense says it doesn't comment on pending litigation.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Sex-soaked culture faulted for fraternity house parties
- Pennsylvania’s DEP chief seeking gas pipeline strategy
- Veteran designation on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses loosely audited
- Trooper severely injured when hit by own car
- Mother, grandparents of starved boy sentenced to prison
- Pa. trooper wounded in barracks ambush hopes to return to force
- PennDOT turns to roundabout intersections, citing safety, cost
- Penn State leader panned for anti-war visit
- Four veterinarians charged for doping race horses at Penn National
- Impact of Ohio’s moves to reduce Lake Erie algae years away
- Authorities investigate racist letter to Pa. state police pick Brown