Parents bury 2-year-old son killed by alligator in Florida

1 of 15 Officials identified Lane Graves, 2, as the boy killed by an alligator on Disney property at a press conference on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (Courtesy: Orange County Sheriff's Office via Twitter)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A funeral has been held for a 2-year-old Nebraska boy killed by an alligator at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Mass for Lane Thomas Graves was held Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in west Omaha. It was limited to family and friends. Lane was pulled into the water and drowned last week despite the frantic efforts of his father.

In a statement, Matt and Melissa Graves thanked the “friends and strangers who share in our loss and who have shown us profound compassion.”

The Graves have established the Lane Thomas Foundation, saying all donations will go to charity. On the foundation’s website they say, “while there is no way to mend our hearts, we can do good work in his honor.”


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