ORLANDO — A funeral will be held Tuesday for 2-year-old Lane Graves, who was dragged into the lagoon by an alligator and killed at a Walt Disney World resort in Orlando nearly a week ago.
The family from Nebraska released a statement Saturday saying they were “overwhelmed with the support and love” they have received. Here’s the full statement below:
“Melissa and I continue to deal with the loss of our beloved boy, Lane, and are overwhelmed with the support and love we have received from family and friends in our community as well as from around the country. We understand the public’s interest, but as we move forward this weekend, we ask for and appreciate the privacy we need to lay our son to rest. Neither Melissa, myself or anyone from our family will be speaking publicly; we simply cannot at this time.”
The family was at a movie night outdoors last Tuesday night at the Grand Floridian resort. Lane Graves was about a foot deep in the Seven Seas Lagoon when an alligator snatched him up and dragged him in.
A few hours later, divers found the little boy’s body intact, about 10 to 15 yards from where he was attacked. Graves had a few puncture wounds on his body, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
An autopsy later revealed Graves died due to drowning and traumatic injuries, the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
A wake will be held Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday. There will be no cameras or cell phones allowed in any of the services.
The church is accepting donations on behalf of the Graves family.
Following the deadly alligator attack, Walt Disney closed all beaches in its resort area “out of an abundance of caution.”
By the end of the week, the company began installing signs warning visitors of alligators and snakes at the beaches. Before, there was “No Swimming” signs around the lagoon, but none specifically warning people about alligators.