'Devastated': Family Makes Statement After Son's Death by Gator at Disney Resort
The grieving family of the toddler who was killed by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando has made a statement to the public, obtained by ABC News.
"Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son. We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time. To all of the local authorities and staff who worked tirelessly these past 24 hours, we express our deepest gratitude,” said the statement by Matt and Melissa Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska.
Lane, the youngest member of the family, was playing at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday night, when he was snatched and dragged underwater by the gator. Matt tried to fight the beast to no avail. The two-year-old's body was recovered intact, with a few puncture wounds, on Wednesday afternoon after an all-out search. Authorities suspect that he drowned.
A sign on the beach said not to swim in the water but didn't warn of the possibility of gators.
Anyone interested in sending cards or making a donation to the Graves family can send them via their local parish, at the below address:
St. Patrick's Parish
20500 West Maple Rd.
Elkhorn, NE 68022