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US Marine's body sent home without heart

11 December 2013, 17:30

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 Defence.

Coatesville residents Craig and Beverly LaLoup say 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 US 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, DC, Greek Embassy spokesperson Christos Failadis says the heart was removed for toxicology testing. He won't comment on where it went.

The Department of Defence says it doesn't comment on pending litigation

- AP

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