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Disney unveils statue honoring little boy killed by alligator

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WDRB) - Walt Disney World has erected a lighthouse sculpture to honor the memory of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was killed by an alligator last year at one of its hotels.

The lighthouse was installed within the past week near where the boy died at the Florida resort.

Last year, an alligator grabbed little Lane Graves, who was playing along the Seven Seas Lagoon beach outside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The child's father, Matt Graves of Omaha, jumped into the water to try to free his son, whose body was found 16 hours later. His death was ruled an accident.

The Lane Graves Foundation posted a photo of the lighthouse statue and tribute on its Facebook page

"The lighthouse sculpture has been installed to help spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to provide assistance and support to families whose children need organ transplants," Walt Disney World said in a statement. 

Disney added reptile warning signs near its waterways and constructed a boulder wall along the edge of the lagoon in the months after the boy was killed. 

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