Parents of boy killed by alligator at Disney resort will not sue

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Graves Family Will Not Sue Disney for Fatal Alligator Attack

July 20 (Reuters) - The parents of a two-year-old boy drowned by an alligator at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida last month "are broken" but will not sue over the incident, the couple said in a statement on Wednesday.

Lane Graves was playing at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on June 14 when he was snatched by an alligator and dragged into the water. His parents rushed to save their child but failed to pry him free from the predator's grip, as a second alligator attacked during the rescue attempt.

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Graves, whose family was vacationing from Nebraska, was found by divers a day later at the bottom of the manmade lake.

"Melissa and I are broken. We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane," parents Matt and Melissa Graves said in the statement. "As each day passes, the pain gets worse."

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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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Despite their grief, the couple said they would focus on the development of a charitable foundation named after their son and would not file a lawsuit.

"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," the parents said.

Walt Disney Co has had more than 240 "nuisance" alligators captured and killed over the last 10 years at its theme park property in Orange County, Florida.

At the time of the attack on Graves, the resort had "No Swimming" signs that did not mention alligators. Disney has since installed signs by the lagoon warning guests of alligators and snakes.

"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."

Learn more about alligators in Florida:

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In this March 24, 2014 photo, alligators lie on grass near fresh water at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, in Gainesville, Fla. he death of a Nebraska tot killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World raises questions in a state known for tourism. While residents know of the dangers posed by the predators, how should attractions warn unsuspecting visitors? Area officials have praised Disney's wildlife management system, but the company says it's reviewing policies that do not include alligator warning signs around lakes and ponds. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
An alligator thrashes in a lagoon in a golf course as it is hooked by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Alligator trapper Mark Whitmire prepares an alligator he caught in a lagoon on a golf course to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An alligator floats on the surface of the water in a lagoon in a golf course before a trapper caught it to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An alligator has its mouth taped shut and is held down after it was caught by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A captive alligator is pictured as it rains in Oviedo, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An alligator floats on the surface of the water in a lagoon in a golf course before a trapper caught it to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Alligator trapper Mark Whitmire traps an alligator in a lagoon on golf course to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Ryan Moore of the U.S. is reflected in a pond on the island green 17th hole as an alligator swims past during second round play of the Tournament Players Championship PGA golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF ANIMALS)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 23: An alligator as seen during a preview round for The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa - Champion Course on February 23, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 24: A large Aligator and some geese beside a lake on the course during the pro-am as a preview for the 2016 Honda Classic held on the PGA National Course at the PGA National Resort and Spa on February 24, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
An alligator has its mouth taped closed after being caught in a lagoon in a golf course by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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