Disney To Remember Boy Killed By Gator With A Sculpture

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LAKE BUENA VISTA (CBSMiami/AP) — In memory of a young Nebraska boy that was killed by an alligator at one its resorts, Walt Disney World plans to erect a statue of a lighthouse in his honor.

A year ago Wednesday, an alligator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Graves, who was playing along the Seven Seas Lagoon beach outside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The child’s father, Matt Graves of Omaha, jumped into the water to try to free his son. The child’s body was found 16 hours later and his death was ruled an accident.

Walt Disney World Resort President George A. Kalogridis said in a statement on Tuesday that the sculpture will be installed at an undisclosed location on the property this summer.

The child’s death occurred two days after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando.

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