A vigil has been held for the toddler killed in an alligator attack at Disney World, Orlando, while one mother’s post has gone viral after she photographed her own son in the same spot hours earlier.
Two-year-old Lane Graves was wading in shallow water at the Seven Seas Lagoon in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa when the 7-foot alligator attacked on Tuesday 14 June.
A private wake took place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska near the family’s home, with mourners wearing blue ribbons ahead of the funeral on 21 June.
Support has flooded in for the family, with one mother from Massachusetts posting pictures of her own son reportedly in the same spot just hours before Lane was attacked.
Jennifer Venditti posted the photos on social media and asked people to not criticise the toddler’s parents, along with the hash-tag #judgelesspraymore.
She also wrote in a later post that: “My life will get back to normal this week, while others will have a new “normal”.
“I learned more this week than any other week in my 41 yrs. I’ve SEEN life change in literally 1 blink”.
The beach where Lane was playing had ‘no swimming’ signs at the time but did not mention alligators.
Disney World has now installed temporary barriers and signs warning to ‘stay away from the water’ and ‘not feed the wildlife’.
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