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Alligator Attack Boy's Family 'Overwhelmed' at Support

NBC News NBC News 18/06/2016 Alastair Jamieson and Lexi Rudolph

Image: Lane Graves © Lane Graves, a 2-year-old boy who was dragged off by an alligator Tuesday night at Disney resort. Image: Lane Graves

The parents of Lane Graves, the toddler attacked and killed by an alligator at a Disney resort in Florida, said Saturday they were "overwhelmed with the support and love," received after the tragedy.

Matt and Melissa Graves appealed for privacy and they prepared for the funeral of their two-year-old, who died Tuesday at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa southwest of Orlando.

In a statement, they said: "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."

It came a day after Disney began adding signs and temporary barriers at the resort warning about alligators.

Signs at the beach where the child was attacked said no swimming was allowed but did not warn against the dangers posed by alligators. Lane's family was visiting from Nebraska, and Disney has faced questions over whether it warned out-of-towners about the dangers posed by alligators.

In an earlier statement, the Lane family expressed their "deepest gratitude" to authorities.

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