Funeral services have been set for Lane Graves, the 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World in Orlando on Tuesday, June 14.
According to WOWT Omaha News, a wake will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska, at 3 p.m. CT on Monday, June 20. A funeral will be held at the same church the following day, Tuesday, June 21, at 10 a.m. CT.
As previously reported, the Graves family released an emotional new statement on Saturday, June 18, to say they’re overwhelmed by the support that they’ve received since the tragic death of their son.
“Melissa and I continue to deal with the loss of our beloved boy, Lane, and are overwhelmed with the support and love we have received from family and friends in our community as well as from around the country,” Matt and Melissa Graves wrote. “We understand the public’s interest, but as we move forward this weekend, we ask for and appreciate the privacy we need to lay our son to rest. Neither Melissa, myself or anyone from our family will be speaking publicly; we simply cannot at this time.”
Lane was playing in the shallows of a lagoon at a Disney World resort on Tuesday when he was grabbed by a seven-foot alligator. After hours of searching, local officials found the toddler’s body and later announced that he died from “drowning and traumatic injuries.” The boy was visiting the theme park with his parents and his 4-year-old sister, Ella.
A mass service in memory of Lane will also be held for the local Elkhorn community at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Sunday, June 19.
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