The family of a boy killed in an alligator attack at a Florida Disney resort in June has announced it won't pursue a lawsuit against the company.
Melissa and Matt Graves released a statement July 20 making the announcement, according to KMTV.
The couple's 2-year-old son, Lane, died June 14 after an alligator pulled him into the Seven Seas Lagoon while he was wading ankle deep in water at the Grand Floridian resort. Matt attempted to rescue his son but was unable to wrestle him free from the alligator.
More than 50 police officers and other officials were mobilized to search for Lane, and his body was pulled from the lake June 15. Since Lane’s body was still intact, officials believed the cause of death was drowning.
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“Melissa and I are broken. We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane,” the statement from Lane’s parents read. “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.”
They explained that they had set up a foundation in the 2-year-old’s memory, called the Lane Thomas Foundation.
“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,” the statement added.
When the attack occurred, there were signs at the resort warning against swimming in the water. The signs did not indicate the presence of alligators in the lake.
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“We are installing signage and temporary barriers at our resort beach locations and are working on permanent, long-term solutions at our beaches,” Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said three days after the fatal attack, The Washington Post reported.
George Kalogridis, president of the Walt Disney World Resort, gave a statement to The Washington Post following the Graves’ announcement not to sue.
“In the wake of this tragic accident we continue to provide ongoing support for the family, which includes honoring their request for privacy,” Kalogridis said.