Disney World installs statue honoring boy killed by alligator

Two-year-old Lane Graves was attacked by an alligator at Disneys Grand Floridian Resort

The lighthouse is a symbol used by the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was set up by the Graves family following his death.

Disney World has unveiled a statue honoring a toddler killed by an alligator at one of its resorts past year.

The Lane Thomas Foundation shared a photo of the memorial online, saying it was created to honor their loving boy Lane.

The toddler had just stepped into the water at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort when the alligator grabbed him, to the horror of his family.

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

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Disney installed a lighthouse sculpture this week in memory of 2-year-old Lane Graves.

The boy's body was found 16 hours later.

The statue depicts a lighthouse representing a "beacon of hope" for families in crisis, Disney said.

It was about 9 p.m. - prime hunting time for alligators - when Lane waded into ankle-deep water and the alligator snatched him by the head and dragged him underwater. Matt Graves attempted to pry the gator's mouth open, but the animal escaped with Lane. No signs were posted advising guests to avoid swimming in the lagoon and no warnings were posted of potential risks of alligators.

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