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US Disney to Honor 2-Year-Old Killed by Alligator a Year Ago With Lighthouse Sculpture

23:30  14 june  2017
23:30  14 june  2017 Source:   insideedition.com

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Walt Disney World has unveiled plans to honor the 2 - year - old boy killed by an alligator while playing at one of its resorts on the first anniversary of the tragic incident. The park said they will construct a lighthouse sculpture to honor Lane Thomas Graves

Walt Disney World has unveiled plans to honor the 2 - year - old boy killed by an alligator while playing at one of its resorts on the first anniversary of the tragic incident. The park said they will construct a lighthouse sculpture to honor Lane Thomas Graves

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The park said they will construct a lighthouse sculpture to honor Lane Thomas Graves, who was dragged underwater by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon outside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa a year ago Wednesday.

The lighthouse is a symbol used by the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was set up by the Graves family following his death, according to WFTV.

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Walt Disney World plans to honor Lane Graves (above), a 2 - year - old Nebraska boy who was killed by an alligator a year ago Wednesday at one of its resorts near Orlando, with a sculpture of a lighthouse .

Related Story Disney to honor 2 - year - old boy killed by alligator with sculpture . A lighthouse memorializing Lane Thomas Graves, who was killed by an alligator in 2016, is erected near the shoreline of the Seven Seas Lagoon at a Walt Disney World hotel.

The lighthouse will reportedly be installed over the summer in an undisclosed location at the park.

“The Lane Thomas Foundation was created to give honor and light to Lane's life," George A. Kalogridis, President of Walt Disney World Resort, said in a statement. "The foundation is dedicated to supporting families of children needing life-saving organ transplants.

"To provide continued awareness of the foundation and its mission, we've commissioned an original sculpture of the lighthouse the foundation uses as a symbol of love and hope, to be installed on our property this summer,”

Lane was playing in six to 12 inches of water when the alligator, which was between four and seven inches long, reportedly attacked him.

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Disney World has unveiled a lighthouse statue dedicated to the memory of the 2 - year - old boy who was killed by an alligator while playing at one of its resorts more than a year ago .

Disney World Unveils Sculpture to Honor 2 - Year - Old Killed by Alligator . Lane Graves died just over a year ago in a brutal attack. The new marker echoes the organization's logo, a gold lighthouse with two blue stars. [h/t TODAY.

Lane’s body was found “intact” 16 hours later.

The water line had “no swimming signs” but there were no signs warning of alligators in the water.

Disney officials say they monitor the resorts for alligators, but the giant amusement park and hotels, circled by marshes and canals, span more than 40 square miles

In the year since Lane was killed, Disney put up signs warning of reptiles in its waterways, as well as ropes, and built a boulder wall along the edge of the lagoon, according to CBS.

Lane's parents did not sue the park after his death.

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