Parents Of 2-Year-Old Boy Killed By Alligator Speak Out For The First Time

Walt Disney World will erect warning signs after a 2-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon in Orlando.

It comes after the parents of Lane Graves spoke out following his death on Wednesday.

Part of the statement issued by the family reads,

Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son. We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time. To all of the local authorities and staff who worked tirelessly these past 24 hours, we express our deepest gratitude.

The boy was on a family vacation from Nebraska when the incident took place.

His father ran in the water in a bid to save him, but to no avail.

An 18-hour search ensued involving boats, helicopters and a dive team.

Lane's body was recovered intact and sent for an autopsy.

Officials said four alligators were taken out of the lagoon and euthanized, but no evidence was found to help determine if one of them was responsible for the attack.

All Disney World Resorts beaches were shut down on Wednesday as a precaution.

Citations: FOX