ELKHORN, Neb. - The little boy who was attacked by an alligator while playing along the edge of the lagoon near a Disney resort was laid to rest Tuesday.
The family was on vacation last week visiting from Elkhorn, Nebraska when two-year-old Lane Graves was dragged into the water by an alligator outside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
The little boy's father tried to fight the alligator off, and after a frantic, all-out search, divers recovered the little boy's body the next day.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Little Lane's family released a statement about the outpouring of support:
“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 church is asking for continued prayers for the family, and anyone who wants to help the family can do so by tying a blue ribbon around a tree to show love and support, or by donating cards, letters, money, or mass intentions through the church's website.
Since the tragic attack, Walt Disney World has begun putting up fencing around the lagoon area where Lane was attacked. Park officials are also putting up alligator warning signs around the ponds and lakes.