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Nebraska family 'devastated' by fatal gator attack at Disney

4 months 1 week 2 days ago June 17, 2016 Jun 17, 2016 Friday, June 17 2016 June 17, 2016 10:24 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

ORLANDO - The parents of a Nebraska toddler killed by an alligator at a Walt Disney World resort say they're devastated by the death of their son.

A statement by Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha, Nebraska, says words can't express the shock and grief their family is experiencing.

They are thanking authorities in Orlando, Florida, for their assistance after the gator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Graves from shallow water in a lake at a Disney hotel.

An animal described as being as long as 7 feet snatched the little boy as he waded in shallow water Tuesday night. The beach had "no swimming" signs but none warning about alligators.

The company says it will now add gator warnings. No time frame is being announced, and the resort's beaches remain closed.

Jason Kershanick was just 9 when he saw a huge alligator leap out of a lake and kill his 4-year-old playmate in their Florida neighborhood.

Now 37, he remembers the gruesome 1988 attack "like it was yesterday."

So it hit him hard when an alligator snatched a 2-year-old boy this week at a Walt Disney World resort.

He was just steps away when a bull gator more than 10 feet long surged toward Erin Lynn Glover as she splashed through ankle-deep water in Englewood, Florida, at the edge of the Everglades.

Game officers killed the beast hours later, her body still in its jaws.

He suspects that few of the tourists at Disney World realize the mortal danger that can lurk wherever there's freshwater in Florida.

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