A Virginia doctor and his local guide have been fatally shot while fishing in Belize over the weekend.
Dr. Gary Swank, a cardiologist from Roanoke, Va., and his tour manual were shot and killed whereas wing-fishing in a lagoon west of San Pedro Town, per local media reviews.
Swank, an avid fly fisherman, was traveling with his wife and school-age children, neighbors told NBC affiliate WSLS in Roanoke.
He had recently been promoted to associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
On Monday, the Carilion Clinic where Swank worked tweeted a statement recognizing the slain doctor.
"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.
Graniel was a tour guide in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro.
53-year-old Gary Swank was on vacation with his family when the death occurred.
We are heartbroken at the loss of our incredible husband and devoted father Gary Swank, M.D., who we will forever cherish.
Graniel had called the police on Saturday after an someone fired gunshots outside his apartment, but despite these threats police said he still went to work on Sunday. "His absence leaves a void in our team and in our community".
Swank and Graniel's bodies were taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where the two were pronounced dead.
A U.S. State Department spokeswoman could not confirm the circumstances. Sen.
Swank's sudden death stunned co-workers and patients. Mark Warner said his office is monitoring the case. "He's part of my life". I ask all Virginians to remember Dr. "Our meeting - first meeting was in the E.R.", Saunders said.
It said the travel alert was raised for the region because of violent crime, including "sexual assault, home invasions, armed robberies and murder", much of which is gang-related.