Disney World installs lighthouse honoring Lane Graves

  • Disney World installs lighthouse honoring Lane Graves

Disney World installs lighthouse honoring Lane Graves

Disney has unveiled a memorial lighthouse statue paying tribute to the 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator at one of the company's Florida resorts.

Graves died at Seven Seas Lagoon previous year when he was grabbed by an alligator. The boy's father unsuccessfully fought to wrest him free of the animal.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the lighthouse statue is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which the Graves family started to commemorate their son's life.

Two-year-old Lane Graves has been honoured with a Lighthouse memorial after his tragic death a year ago.

Lane's body was found "intact" 16 hours later. That's when an alligator snatched and drowned the toddler in a vicious, predatory attack.

His family set up the Lane Thomas Foundation in honor of the boy, who would've turned 3 that September.

Local media say the statue was installed in the past week and is located near where the boy died.

The foundation provides financial support to cover the non-medical expenses of family with children who are in need of life-saving organ transplants in Omaha.

People soon called for clearer signs and barriers warning visitors of the alligators. "The victim's small size and position (bent down) at the time of the attack would appear to the alligator similar to many of its normal food sources", it read.