Greek Government Accused of Removing U.S. Marine’s Heart


U.S. Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup
U.S. Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup

The family of the  U.S. Marine Brian LaLoup who committed suicide inside the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, claims that their son was buried without his heart after the Greek authorities performed an illegal autopsy and removed the organ.

According to NBC, his parents filed a lawsuit in federal court  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, who was stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, shot himself after a night out, on August 12, 2012. It is reported that the young man had been at a party when he confessed to a fellow officer that he was thinking of ending his life. His fellow officer notified a superior but the commander, instead of getting him medical care allegedly suggested him to drink more which is a violation of Marine Corps protocol, according to the lawsuit.

A few hours later the 22-year old man  committed suicide. He was taken to an Athens hospital, where Doctors confirmed him dead on arrival. The family says his body was left unguarded and moved to a Greek morgue where, during an illegal autopsy, his heart was removed.

The man’s body was flown back to the United States where a second autopsy was performed and the authorities realized that the heart was missing. The family said that they were told their son’s heart was gone, after he was buried.

The lawsuit claims that the Greek Government, after continuing complaints of the family, sent a heart and claiming that is was Brian’s. However, DNA tests showed that it was not his organ.

The family believes that the authorities violated several protocols and intentionally lied to them. They claim damages that exceed 75,000 dollars.