Virginia Doctor Murdered While on Vacation with His Family in Belize

ROANOKE, Va. -- A Virginia doctor is dead after police say he was murdered Sunday while vacationing with his wife and three children in Belize.

Authorities say Roanoke cardiologist Dr. Gary Swank and his tour guide were both found dead.

Police believe Swank was fly fishing with the guide, identified as 53-year-old Mario Graniel, when gunmen in a skiff shot and killed them both, according to Belize newspaper The Reporter. Both men were found around 11:30 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds.

Swank was an interventional cardiologist, medical director of Carilion Clinic's Cardiac Catheterization Lab and an associate professor of internal medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, according to WDBJ.

According to his clinic, Dr. Swank was a well-respected and well-loved colleague.



  • Mopar Driver (@RustyMopars)

    Years of college , med school , internship and experience as a surgeon all wiped out by the local colorful inhabitants of a third world country . And we wonder why these people don’t raise the living standards ?

  • straubdavid9

    Terrible situation for sure. Belize is a major destination for fly fishermen …. the authorities better catch these murders before they ruin the economy.

  • lickerblisters

    Why do these people keep vacationing in these third world countries? My gosh, we have beautiful destinations right here in the states such as Patterson, NJ. or Detroit, MI. And you can’t beat their 40% survival rates! (no passports needed)

    • Laurence Mather

      Paterson is spelled with one “t” – I lived there in the early 1960’s, also the hometown of the late, great Lou Costello.

      • lickerblisters

        Patterson is one of those cesspools a guy can spell wrong and everybody still knows where you mean. Early 60’s huh? That’s nice. All you had to deal with then was the mob. Things are a tad bit different there nowadays. But thanks for sharing! 💩

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