Family of boy killed by alligator at Disney World celebrates his third birthday

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Family of Boy Killed By Alligator At Disney World Celebrates His Third Birthday

By: Jordyn Rolling

A little more than two months after his death, the family of Lane Graves, the boy who was killed by an alligator at Disney World, is celebrating his third birthday.

On Saturday, hundreds of friends and supporters stood in a heart shape formation and released nearly 5,000 blue balloons into the air in honor of Lane.

The Omaha World-Herald reported Lane's parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, spoke to a crowd of several hundred people at a local high school, saying "We miss you, buddy, and we miss those hugs and kisses."

Lane died on June 14 at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort after an alligator pulled him into a lagoon.

Since the child's death, Disney has posted new signs and built fences and barriers in certain areas around the park.

Look back on social media reactions to the tragic incident:

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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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