Parents of Lane Graves, toddler killed by alligator at Disney resort, welcome new baby boy
The parents of Lane Graves, the two-year-old Nebraska boy who was tragically killed by an alligator at a Disney World resort in 2016, welcomed a new baby boy last week.
Matt and Melissa Graves announced the birth of their son Christian Lane — whose middle name is a tribute to his older brother — in a press release on Wednesday.
"We are happy to announce the birth of our son, Christian Lane Graves," they said. "Although we know the pain of losing Lane will never go away, we feel God has blessed our family with this precious miracle of life."
The couple, who also have a daughter named Ella, stated that they know their two children will always have Lane "watching over them as their guardian angel."
The Graves family was staying at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort on June 14, 2016, when tragedy struck.
Lane was snatched by an alligator as he played near the water's edge at the hotel's Seven Seas Lagoon in front of his family. The toddler was dragged into the water by his head, despite his parents' best efforts to save him.
His body was recovered the next day by police divers, providing a tragic end to the search.
Walt Disney World announced its plan to commemorate the 2-year-old on the one-year anniversary of his death last year. The company said it would erect a lighthouse sculpture, which is the symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, at the Grand Floridian in memory of the young boy.
Matt and Melissa Graves created the Lane Thomas Foundation following their son's death in order to provide support for families suffering through intense times of tragedy.