Disney erects memorial in honor of 2-year-old killed by alligator

Lawrence Kim
August 8, 2017

Disney has erected a lighthouse sculpture honoring the toddler who was killed by an alligator while playing at a Central Florida resort previous year.

The gold and blue lighthouse with two blue stars on it stands near the Seven Seas Lagoon beach outside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, where Lane Graves was attacked a year ago. The foundation is dedicated to supporting families of children needing life-saving organ transplants.

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

He and his family were on vacation and he was scooping sand on the beach area when the alligator appeared out of Seven Seas Lagoon and snatched him.

The statue has a plaque that reads: "Presented by The Lane Thomas Foundation, A Beacon of Hope, A Light of Love".

After the gator dragged the young boy into the water, his father, Matt Graves, jumped in to save him, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

The plan for a tribute, which was announced in June, aimed to have the lighthouse serve as a symbol for the Lane Thomas Foundation.

Since the attack Disney has installed more signs warning people about alligators in the lagoon.

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