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Parents Sue Over Marine Son's Missing Heart
The parents of a US Marine whose body came back from Greece without his heart are suing the Greek government and an Athens hospital.
Craig and Beverly LaLoup are also suing the US Department of Defense over the remains of 21-year-old Sergeant Brian LaLoup.
Authorities say he fatally shot himself during a party at the US Embassy compound last year.
An Athens hospital performed an autopsy. Greek Embassy spokesman Christos Failadis says the heart was removed for testing, but he would not say where it went next.
The Defense Department does not comment on pending litigation.
Mr LaLoup's parents say authorities later sent them a heart, but it was not their son's.
The US government is generally immune from wrongful death lawsuits, so the family is seeking damages only over their emotional distress caused by the missing organ.
They say they learned about the missing organ only accidentally, weeks after they buried their son.†
"This is his heart. This is his soul. This is what made Brian who he is," Mrs†LaLoup told reporters.