Disney installs statue to honor toddler killed by alligator

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

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

A lighthouse memorial has been set up at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida in memory of a two-year-old boy who was dragged into the water at the Seven Seas Lagoon last summer. The child's body was found 16 hours later and his death was ruled an accident.

Now, nearly 14 months after the tragedy on June 14, 2016, the theme park is unveiling a statue to honor both Lane and the organization started in his name.

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

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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." .

The lighthouse sculpture honors Lane Thomas Graves and the foundation created in his name. The boy's sister, Emma, was in a playpen 20 to 30 yards from the shoreline. That's when an alligator snatched and drowned the toddler in a vicious, predatory attack. Witnesses tried to save him.

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

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Disney faced scrutiny on traditional and social media. Reports indicted the resort had "No Swimming" signs posted, but no warning of the risky reptiles.

Disney added warning signs throughout the property after the attack.

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