Lighthouse tribute to boy killed by alligator at Walt Disney World

Lighthouse tribute to boy killed by alligator at Walt Disney World

Lighthouse tribute to boy killed by alligator at Walt Disney World

The lighthouse sculpture honoring Elkhorn boy Lane Graves was officially installed and erected at Disney World this past week. His death was ruled an accident.

The company announced in June plans to build the gold and blue statue.

The statue depicts a lighthouse representing a "beacon of hope" for families in crisis, Disney said.

On June 14, 2016, an alligator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Thomas Graves as he was playing near the resort's Seven Seas Lagoon with his parents and sister. He and other children were building sandcastles, and Lane was collecting water in a bucket.

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It was about 9 p.m. - prime hunting time for alligators - when Lane waded into ankle-deep water and the alligator snatched him by the head and dragged him underwater.

In a statement, the family said they had decided against pursuing a wrongful death suit against Disney and instead set up the Lane Thomas Foundation in memory of their son, saying they are 'solely focused on the future health of our family'.

Disney closed its beaches the next day as authorities searched for the alligator and the boy. It added signs warning guests of reptiles in its waterways.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission later found the alligator that killed Lane and put the animal down.

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