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Marine's body: 21-year-old takes his life, body returned to family sans heart

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A Marine’s body that was returned to his family after the 21-year-old Marine sergeant reportedly shot himself in the head, taking his own life, seems to have been sent back sans his actual heart. The Pennsylvania parents now want answers about their son’s time while he was stationed in Greece, and why he was actually returned without a heart, then given someone else’s in its very stead, the Evening Sun News shares this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

The return home of the Marine’s body was an uneventful one, but a new tragic issue arose upon the family actually receiving their lost family member. They discovered that Marine Brian LaLoup was seemingly sent back without a heart. For the LaLoup parents, Craig and Beverly, this has led them to continue asking questions, and now suing the department. They announced this Tuesday that they were told by Marine officials that their 21-year-old boy shot himself in the head suddenly during a U.S. Embassy party in Athens, while working security.

Although the Marine soon died at a nearby Athens medical center, the hospital then conducted an unofficially authorized autopsy, claims the LaLoup family’s criminal lawsuit. Now, the family doesn’t know quite what happened to the Marine’s body. Their son’s heart seemed to be missing upon his return, and allege that a heart came a couple of months later from the Department of Defense, but DNA has revealed it is in fact not their boy’s.

"This is his heart. This is his soul. This is what made Brian who he is," Beverly LaLoup, of Coatesville, said Tuesday in a heartfelt phone interview over her lost 21-year-old.

Despite taking his own life, Brian LaLoup was buried with military honors, and had a long and impressive service record to the U.S. Corps. One cause for LaLoup’s struggles seems to have been that despite his passion as a Marine, he was going through issues following a recent breakup. While intoxicated, LaLoup still got access to a deadly weapon from an available storage area, and shot himself in the head.

The lawsuit and further details in this tragic yet baffling case surrounding a missing heart from the Marine’s body are still pending. What do you think of the 21-year-old being returned to his family sans his actual heart?

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