Disney World Erects Statue to Honor Child Killed by Alligator Last Year

Lane Graves was dragged into a lagoon by a gator near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney World has erected a statue honoring the toddler who was killed by an alligator near a resort hotel last year.

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. The gold and blue statue features a plaque that reads, “Presented to the Lane Thomas Foundation. A beacon of hope. A light of love.” It is placed near where the tragedy happened on June 14, 2016.

Plans to put up a statue were announced in June, one year after 2-year-old Lane Graves was snatched and killed by an alligator while his family was vacationing at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

In a statement, the Graves family said, “We find comfort that so many people continue to remember our sweet boy, Lane, and we believe the lighthouse stands as a beacon of hope and support for families in the depths of despair. We will continue to honor Lane and preserve his spirit through the Lane Thomas Foundation.”

Since the attack, Disney World has added alligator warning signs and has put up a fence along the edge of the lagoon.

A spokesperson for Disney World has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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