UCF bar owner found dead in Belize, McAfee founder questioned

Published On: Nov 13 2012 11:01:39 AM EST
Updated On: Nov 14 2012 06:42:50 AM EST

The owner of a bar on the University of Central Florida campus was found dead on Sunday in Belize and police want to question his neighbor, the founder of McAfee antivirus software.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

The owner of a bar on the University of Central Florida campus was found dead on Sunday in Belize and police want to question his neighbor, the founder of McAfee antivirus software.

Local 6 has confirmed a housekeeper found Gregory V. Faull, 52, the owner of Tailgaters Smokehouse, dead with a gunshot wound in the back of his head in the town of San Pedro.

John McAfee, 67, founded McAfee Inc., but is no longer affiliated with the company, according to the Sentinel. McAfee is a suspect in Faull's killing, according to Gizmodo.com. Police told Local 6 they have detained two other people for questioning but have yet to find McAfee.

"We have actually spread the word around in all the various towns and villages, so by now he should know that he is wanted for questioning by police," said Raphael Martinez of the Belize Ministry of National Security in a phone interview.

McAfee and Faull lived near each other in Belize and were known to have ongoing disputes, police said. McAfee told Wired.com he is innocent and is afraid for his life.

"I am adept at hiding and I'll do whatever it takes to stay alive," McAfee told Wired.com. 

The killing happened a day after McAfee's dogs died from poisoning, according to Wired Magazine reporter Joshua Davis. Faull had frequently complained about the dogs barking, Davis said.

Customers leaving Faull's restaurant at UCF told Local 6 Faull's wife visited the restaurant Tuesday evening, but declined to comment.

Faull's family released a statement to Local 6, saying, "Losing Greg leaves a hole in our hearts and our lives. We urge law enforcement authorities in Belize and internationally to bring those responsible to justice quickly."

Faull's family said he was rebuilding a home in Belize that was damaged in a hurricane for the past three years and, "was ready to offer the property as a vacation rental when he was murdered."

Paul Murray, whose son plays football for UCF, spent time with Faull at his restaurant.

"He was a real nice guy," Murray said. "(He) loved the university, loved to have fun, loved the kids."

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