The Parents Of The Toddler Who Was Killed By An Alligator At Disney Have Spoken Out

It’s hard to imagine a more unspeakable tragedy for a parent than losing their toddler child to an alligator attack right in front of their eyes. The grief the parents of Lane Graves must be experiencing is something no one deserves, and the only thing we can do is keep them in our thoughts and remember that awful things can happen to good people.

Matt and Melissa Graves, the parents of two-year-old Lane Graves, have spoken out for the first time since their son was killed by an alligator attack at a five-star Disney resort on Tuesday.

The family has made the following statement, conveyed through the Orlando police.

‘Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son.

‘We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time.

‘To all of the local authorities and staff who worked tirelessly these past 24 hours, we express our deepest gratitude.’

Disney beaches remained closed Thursday and the company said it has decided to add alligator warning signs, which, contrary to popular belief, they did not have previously.

[h/t Metro]

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