Roanoke cardiologist murdered in Belize laid to rest


Family and fellow doctors paid their respects Tuesday to a beloved cardiologist whose life was cut short on a family vacation.

Dozens showing up at Saint John Lutheran Church on Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke to pay their respects.

A visitation was held at 6 p.m., a celebration of life memorial followed at 7 p.m. and it ended with a flyover tribute.

The ceremonies come as new developments are shared in the case. The man investigators initially pinned a person of interest was released from custody. They say there wan’t enough evidence to hold him. Now, they’re now looking at someone else and following up on leads.

“I would not go into the details at this time other than to say that the investigation is progressing and certain evidence have been had from some of those leads,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett.

Police are working to figure out who shot and killed Dr. Gary Swank and his tour guide Mario Graniel while they were on a fly fishing trip in Belize on June 23.

A man interviewed by police on Friday has been released from custody.
Investigators say they’re now speaking with another person of interest in the case.

“Subsequently on Saturday one of those persons who police was seeking was also searched. His vessel was also impounded for processing and he still is in police custody at this time in the investigation.,”
said ACP Myvett.

Authorities in Belize say Swank’s tour guide had a disagreement with a local gang kingpin and Swank was not the target but was likely a victim of circumstances.

While his family may have laid him to rest Tuesday, investigators are still hard at work solving his murder.

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