Family of boy killed by alligator 'overwhelmed' by support

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​Parents of Todler Killed At Disney Release Statement

The parents of a 2-year-old boy snatched away and drowned by an alligator in Florida have been "overwhelmed with the support and love" that have poured in since the tragedy captured national attention, the family said in a statement on Saturday.

The alligator grabbed the boy at the water's edge on Tuesday night while his family, on vacation from Nebraska, relaxed on the shore nearby. The parents tried to save the child but were unable to free him from the alligator's grip.

"Melissa and I continue to deal with the loss of our beloved boy, Lane, and are overwhelmed with the support and love we have received from family and friends in our community as well as from around the country," father Matt Graves said in the statement issued by their church in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

"We understand the public's interest, but as we move forward this weekend, we ask for and appreciate the privacy we need to lay our son to rest. Neither Melissa, myself or anyone from our family will be speaking publicly; we simply cannot at this time," the statement said.

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Lane Graves, 2 Rest In Peace, little man. https://t.co/QgnZkLzHnF
This is so tragic. And in Orlando too! 😓https://t.co/RsQSfhsyIB
That poor baby at Disney :(
3rd tragedy in #Orlando. #Disney resort, Alligator snatches child, persumed dead. #God be with those mourning. #Tragic .
My prayers go out to the family that lost their baby to the Alligator in Disney World. That's so traumatizing 😪.
A 2 year old was dragged into the lakes at walt Disney world by a alligator in Orlando . So heartbreaking omg😢💔
I couldn't even begin imagine... -Alligator grabs toddler, drags him into lagoon at Disney hotel, police say https://t.co/yEhS1CTYxC
My heart goes out to the British family at Disney resort, who's two year old baby has been grabbed by a alligator.. Shocking #DisneyOrlando
that little boy in disney noooo 😢
If ANYONE wants to blame those poor parents in the alligator incident at Disney, talk to me.They did the same thing I've done w/my kids.
Woke up to the news about that poor 2 yearold at Disney and the comments from the horrible soulless people saying the patents deserve it WTF
Orlando cannot seem to catch a break. 😔 Praying for the family who just lost their 2yr old to an alligator at Disney. 💔
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The Graveses had previously released a statement expressing their devastation and asking for privacy while praising the work of officials who searched for the boy.

Police divers recovered the body of Lane Graves on Wednesday from the man-made lake at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, where he had been snatched the night before.

Disney has since installed signs at water's edge warning guests of alligators and snakes.

The resort previously had "No Swimming" signs that did not specifically mention alligators.

"Danger! Alligators and snakes in area," read the new signs, which feature diagrams of the two animals. "Stay away from the water. Do not feed the wildlife."

The new signs are fixed to wooden posts that hold up rope cordoning off the water.

An autopsy found drowning as the cause of death after the body was found intact underwater.

Alligators often roll their prey beneath the surface until the victim stops breathing, experts say, and then stash the body away to eat later. (Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Richard Chang)

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