The family of the two-year-old Nebraska boy killed by an alligator during a family vacation at a Walt Disney World resort has decided not to sue Disney.
Matt and Melissa Graves of Elkhorn released a statement this morning stating they want to focus on the future health of the family and not on pursuing legal action against Disney World.
An alligator attacked Lane Graves June 14th, dragging him under water as his family played on a beach at the Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando, a property owned by Disney. Matt Graves attempted to fight off the alligator, but he couldn’t save his son.
An extensive search finally found the boy’s body. An autopsy concluded Lane died of drowning and traumatic injuries.
The Graves family has set up the Lane Thomas Foundation. It will make donations to a variety of charities in an effort to keep the spirit of the two-year-old alive.
This is the statement issued by the Graves family:
“Melissa and I are broken. We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane. As each day passes, the pain gets worse, but we truly appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and warm sentiments we have received from around the world. We know that we can never have Lane back, and, therefore, we intend to keep his spirit alive through the Lane Thomas Foundation. It is our hope that through the foundation we will be able to share with others the unimaginable love Lane etched in our hearts. In addition to the foundation, we will solely be focused on the future health of our family and will not be pursuing a lawsuit against Disney. For now, we continue to ask for privacy as we focus on our family.”
Matt and Melissa Graves