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Cardiologist Shot Dead at Fishing: Dr. Gary Swank Biography, Wiki, Age, Family, Fast Facts You Need to Know, Net Worth, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Dr. Gary Swank Biography

Dr. Gary Swank was an interventional cardiologist at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, the body of 53-year-old Gary Swank, a cardiologist at Virginia Tech’s Carilion Clinic, was found in a lagoon in San Pedro, officials said Tuesday.

Dr. Gary Swank Age

He was 53 years old.

Dr. Gary Swank Family

He was on Vacation with his wife and three younger children. Swank’s younger sister Melanie Wilhelm told NBC News that her ‘protector’ was loved by everyone who met him.

Dr. Gary Swank Death Cause


Belize Police Commissioner Chester Williams told local Channel 5 news that authorities believe Swank’s tour guide, Mario Graniel, 53, was the intended target hit, because he ‘had a misunderstanding with one of the local notorious gang’ members.

Tributes Dr. Gary Murder Investigation

According to Fox News, several people have been detained for questioning.

Senator Mark Warner said his office is monitoring the case, while Swank’s congressman, Rep. Ben Cline (R-Va), issued a statement saying he was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the cardiologist’s death.

Tributes Dr. Gary Swank

Swank was ‘a well-respected and well-loved colleague’
Swank was the medical director of Carilion Clinic cardiac catheterization lab and an associate professor of internal medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, according to a statement from the clinic. The school is in Roanoke, Virginia, about 170 miles west of Richmond.
“Dr. Swank was a well-respected and well-loved colleague who, each and every day, embodied the values that we hold dear,” the statement reads. “His absence leaves a void in our team and in our community.”
Swank’s patients were devastated to hear of his death.
“He saved my life, and every time I went to his office he was a very knowledgeable, patient and caring person,” Teresa Hodges, who was Swank’s patient for 13 years, told CNN affiliate WSLS-TV. “He’s part of my life.”
Rhonda Saunders, a 10-year patient of Swank’s, told CNN affiliate WFXR-TV he made a huge difference in her life. He was very talented, thorough and approachable, she told WFXR.
“I was stunned, I was shocked, I had tears because I was so excited about seeing him at my next visit,” Saunders said.
US Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia offered his thoughts and prayers to the Swank family in a statement to CNN saying his office is coordinating with the State Department “to ensure they are in touch with their Belizean counterparts regarding Dr. Swank’s death and are closely monitoring the local investigation.”
US Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said he was “horrified to hear about the tragic death.”

Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • Gary Swank Shot dead in San Pedro
  • His tour guide Mario Graniel, 53 were also killed with them
  • He was a cardiologist at Virginia Tech’s Carilion Clinic
  • He arrived in Belize on Saturday for a vacation with his wife and three children

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