Funeral for Lane Graves Held, Parents Establish Memorial Foundation For Son Killed In Alligator Attack

By Katherine Pine, Parent Herald June 21, 09:41 pm

Lane Graves' funeral was recently held and the parents of the boy, who was attacked by an alligator at the man-made lake at Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa last week, has set up a memorial foundation to honor the toddler.

The boy was playing near the lake and his father wrestled with the alligator but failed to save his son. The funeral service for Graves was scheduled on Tuesday morning in Nebraska, Time reported. The service took place at St. Patrick's Church in Elkhorn.

In the website of the Lane Graves foundation, the parents of Graves, Matt and Melissa, wrote that after the tragic loss of their two-year-old son, they created the foundation to honor his memory. They continued, "Losing Lane has broken our hearts in the worst possible way. While there is no way to mend our hearts, we can do good work in his honor."

If people would like to honor Graves, they could donate on behalf of the foundation at the Omaha Community Foundation. The parents of Graves assured that the funds will be used to make direct donations to various charitable organizations. You can check the website here:

Graves was vacationing in the area with his mother, his father, and his four-year-old sister when he was killed. The alligator was said to be as long as seven feet and snatched Graves as he was playing in shallow water in the man-made lake. His body was recovered a day later in the same area he was last seen playing before the attack.

The parents of Graves also said that they are overwhelmed by the support they have received amid the backlash from other people blaming the parents for not looking after the child. They said in a statement that they appreciate the support and love from their friends in their community and the people from around the country.

The death of Graves came days after The Voice former contestant Christina Grimmie was shot dead by a supposed stalker. The tragic incident involving the boy also came days after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history where 50 people died when a gunman opened fire at a gay club called Pulse.

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