Parents of 2-year-old killed by alligator will not sue Disney


The parents of Lane Graves, a Nebraska boy who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World, will not be suing the company over his death.

Matt and Melissa Graves issued the following statement Wednesday morning:

“Melissa and I are broken. We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane. 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. We know that we can never have Lane back, and therefore, we intend to keep his spirit alive through the Lane Thomas Foundation. It is our hope that through the foundation we will be able to share with others the unimaginable love Lane etched in our hearts. 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.”

Lane Graves was dragged away by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon as he played near the edge on June 14. The tragedy garnered global headlines and a voracious backlash against Disney for not warning guests about the dangers of predators in the waters.

To find out more about the Lane Thomas Foundation, you can visit here.