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.
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