LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --The family of a 2-year-old boy who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World said they will not pursue a lawsuit against the Disney company.
Matt and Melissa Graves said in a statement that they are heartbroken, but focused fully on the health of their family.
"We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet babe, Lane," the Graves family said. "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."
Lane Graves was dragged by an alligator into Bay Lake near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on the night of June 14, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
His father attempted to wrestle with the gator, but was unable to free the boy from its grips.
His body was recovered by a search team the next day after hours of searching. Several gators were euthanized as rescue workers looked for the boy's body.
Disney Parks closed their beaches and erected fences, along with gator warning signs after the tragic event.
The full statement from the Graves family reads:
"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."
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