So tragic. The grief stricken parents of Lane Graves, the 2-year-old who was attacked and killed by an alligator at a Disney World resort, have finally addressed the horrifying tragedy. And as can be expected, they are overwhelmed with agony.
The world was shocked when Lane Graves, 2, was snatched by an alligator in a shocking attack at the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The boy’s body has since been recovered, and now, his parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, have finally spoken out about losing their son. In their crushing statement, they revealed that words cannot express the shock and grief their family is enduring. Read the full statement below.
“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,” read the statement, which was released by a family friend on June 16. The brief statement also thanked authorities in Orlando, Florida, for their assistance after the gator grabbed their tiny son from shallow water in a lake at the Disney hotel on June 14.
Little Lane was attacked by an animal described as being as long as 7 feet as he waded in shallow water around nightfall on the third day of his family’s vacation. The manmade beach, which is across a lake from the Magic Kingdom, had “no swimming” signs but no warning about alligators lurking in its waters.
— HLN (@HLNTV) June 16, 2016
Some parents and others have even taken to Twitter since the devastating news, bashing Disney for not doing enough to protect and warn its guests. The negative publicity has now inspired the company to add gator warnings around its bodies of water. However, no timeframe has been announced, and the resort’s beaches remain closed.
Matt Morgan, an Orlando lawyer, has even predicted a multi-million-dollar settlement for the family due to wrongful death. “Every parent across America has had this family’s nightmare running through their minds and it’s heartbreaking to think that this may have been a preventable tragedy,” Matt revealed to the Times of London. How awful!
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that the resort didn’t put up more warning signs about dangerous alligators?