Last week tragedy struck Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida when two-year-old Lane Graves was attacked by an alligator, dragged into a lagoon, and killed in front of his parents Matt Graves and Melissa Graves.
Well now it’s sadly time for the Graves family to pay their respects to their son as they recently announced Lane will be buried on Tuesday. The service will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska with both a rosary prayer service and wake being held prior on Sunday night and Monday respectively.
Seeing as how this was such a high profile case, there will be no cameras, cell phones, or other recording devices at the funeral “out of respect for the family.”
The Nebraskan family released a statement over the weekend regarding the service, saying:
“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. 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.”
If you’d like to help, St. Patrick’s is taking donations on behalf of the Graves family and you can send anything from money to letters — and the the Omaha Community Foundation is helping out too. You can get more information about St. Patrick’s HERE or the OCF HERE.
We can’t even begin to imagine what Matt and Melissa are going through as our hearts go out to them during this particularly difficult time.
[Image via Orange County Sheriff’s Office.]