Disney unveils new statute to honor toddler killed by alligator

09 August, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Two-year-old Lane Graves was attacked by an alligator at Disneys Grand Floridian Resort

Disney has unveiled a memorial lighthouse statue paying tribute to the 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator at one of the company's Florida resorts.

The company announced in June plans to build the gold and blue statue.

The lighthouse is meant to spread awareness for the organization, a Disney spokesman said in a statement.

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"The lighthouse sculpture has been installed to help spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to provide assistance and support to families whose children need organ transplants", a Disney spokesperson said. Suddenly, a gator pulled the child underwater.

The new lighthouse statue is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which serves to act "as a beacon of hope in the depths of despair, to create a strong base of support for families in crisis", according to their site.

Disney closed its beaches the next day as authorities searched for the alligator and the boy.

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The Graves family said in a statement they found solace in the gesture.

Disney faced scrutiny on traditional and social media.

"No swimming" signs were on display before the tragedy but there were no specific alligator warning signs. Signs at other Walt Disney World bodies of water did caution visitors about alligators and snakes.

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