Sculpture honoring Lane Graves installed

Kelley Robertson
August 9, 2017

Disney has installed and unveiled a statue honoring the toddler killed in an alligator attack past year. The child's body was pulled from the water almost 16 hours later.

The gold and blue statue, marked with two stars, was placed near where the June 14, 2016, tragedy happened.

The lighthouse is meant to spread awareness for the organization, a Disney spokesman said in a statement.

"The lighthouse sculpture has been installed to help spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to provide assistance and support to families whose children need organ transplants", a statement from Disney read.

Just over a year later, Disney created a lighthouse sculpture in his honor.

Graves died at Seven Seas Lagoon a year ago when he was grabbed by an alligator. Suddenly, a gator pulled the child underwater. The boy's sister, Emma, was in a playpen 20 to 30 yards from the shoreline. Witnesses tried to save him.

The boy's relatives said they found some comfort in the statue.

Disney faced scrutiny on traditional and social media.

His death was ruled an accident and Disney has now installed new signs warning of alligators along the beach. Reports indicted the resort had "No Swimming" signs posted, but no warning of the unsafe reptiles. The reptile dragged the boy's body to the bottom of the lagoon.

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