Wake Monday, funeral Tuesday for boy killed in alligator attack

Published: Jun. 18, 2016 at 2:36 PM CDT
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Family, loved ones and community members wore blue ribbons to a wake held Monday for Lane Graves.

Close friends of family spoke about how they will remember the 2-year-old who was killed by an alligator at a Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. Lane's father, Matt spoke on behalf of his family saying they are "broken" at the tragic loss of their son. Following the wake those mourning gathered outside St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn offering hugs and prayers for the family. A funeral for Lane will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, both at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn.

Matt and Melissa Graves say they are overwhelmed by the support they have received since the death of their son. In a statement Saturday they said they appreciate the support and love from friends in their community and around the country.

"Melissa and I continue to deal with the loss of our beloved boy, Lane, and are overwhelmed with the support and love we have received from family and friends in our community as well as from around the country. We understand the public’s interest, but as we move forward this weekend, we ask for and appreciate the privacy we need to lay our son to rest. Neither Melissa, myself or anyone from our family will be speaking publicly; we simply cannot at this time.”

-Matt and Melissa Graves

An alligator described as being as long as seven feet snatched Lane as he waded in shallow water in a lake at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa across from the Magic Kingdom in Orlando last Tuesday night. An autopsy showed he died from drowning and traumatic injuries.

The beach had "no swimming" signs, but none warning about alligators. Disney fenced off the lagoon and put up signs warning of alligators on Friday.

In Lane's memory, the downtown Woodmen Tower was lit in blue Saturday night.