Already a town in mourning after a brutal terror attack that left 49 people dead and 53 others wounded on Sunday morning, Orlando was the location of yet another heartbreaking event on Tuesday evening when a two-year-old boy identified as Lane Graves was snatched by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon, just outside the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World.
The Graves are from Elkhorn, Nebraska. They also have a four-year-old daughter.
Reportedly, Lane was standing near the lagoon shoreline when he was snatched by an alligator at around 9 p.m. Tuesday night.
Here is what you need to know about Lane and what took place:
1) The incident happened while the Graves were attending an outdoor movie screening. Lane’s father, Matt Graves tried to rescue his son by wrestling with the seven-foot alligator, which had his son in its jaw at the time. Melissa Graves also tried to help. Unsuccessful, Lane’s parents then ran over to the life guard asking for help, but when they returned both the boy and alligator were gone.
2) Divers found Lane’s body 15 yards from the shore line in water six-feet deep. Lane’s body was found intact. Police say there is no question the child was drowned by the alligator.
3) During the search for Lane, officials found five alligators in a nearby lagoon. All were killed.
4) Officials told CNN that they have never had an attack on a young child by an alligator at Disney World. However, this is not the first time there has been an alligator attack at Disney. In October 1986, The Associated Press reported that Paul Richard Santamaria of New Hampshire was not seriously injured by a seven-foot alligator at a Disney campground.
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