Family of dead U.S. Marine claim Greek government ‘harvested’ his heart
COATESVILLE, Pa. — The family of a U.S. Marine who took his own life in Greece say the Greek government performed an illegal autopsy on their son’s body and “harvested” his heart, according to NBC 10 Philadelphia.
According to the report, Craig and Beverly LaLoup, of Coatesville, Pa., filed a lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy and U.S. government for negligence, emotional distress and alleged mistreatment of their son’s body.
Brian LaLoup’s body was flown back to the United State and a second autopsy was performed. The LaLoups say that is when it was discovered that their son’s heart was missing, but that they were not told about it until after he was buried.
The lawsuit claims that after a complaint was lodged, the Greek government sent a heart they claimed was Brian’s to the United States. However, DNA testing showed it was not his organ.
Brian LaLoup reportedly committed suicide after a night of heavy drinking. He told a fellow officer he was contemplating suicide and the officer reported it to a commanding officer. Instead of getting him medical care, the commander allegedly took him out to drink more, the lawsuit claims.
LaLoup committed suicide with a shotgun inside the United States Embassy in Athens.
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