Parents overwhelmed by support after gator kills toddler

2016-06-19 15:51
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Orlando - The parents of a Nebraska toddler killed by an alligator at Florida's Walt Disney World say they are overwhelmed by the support they have received since the death of their son.

Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha, Nebraska, said in a statement they appreciate the support and love from friends in their community and around the country.

The family said: "We understand the public's interest, but as we move forward, we ask for and appreciate the privacy we need to lay our son to rest"

Sara Brady, who is serving as a spokesperson for the family, declined to comment on when the funeral has been scheduled.

An alligator described as being as long as two metres snatched 2-year-old Lane Graves as he waded in shallow water in a lake at a Disney hotel on Tuesday night. The boy's remains were found after a long search the following day.

An autopsy showed that he died from drowning and traumatic injuries, according to the Orlando medical examiner.

The beach, located at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa across a lake from the Magic Kingdom, had "no swimming" signs but no warning about alligators.

The company added alligator warning signs on Friday. The resort's beaches remain closed.

Construction workers have started to put up wooden posts connected with rope along the edge of the lagoon where Graves was snatched.


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