Parents of child killed in alligator attack are not going to sue Disney

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The parents of a child killed by an alligator at a Disney resort in Florida issued a statement Wednesday saying they will not sue the company.

"We know that we can never have Lane back, and therefore, we intend to keep his spirit alive through the Lane Thomas Foundation. It is our hope that through the foundation we will be able to share with others the unimaginable love Lane etched in our hearts," said Matt and Melissa Graves, the parents of 2-year-old Lane Graves, who died after being dragged away by an alligator at a Disney resort in June.

"In addition to the foundation, we will solely be focused on the future health of our family and will not be pursuing a lawsuit against Disney," they added.

The foundation was founded within a week of Lane Graves' death, People magazine reported.

The Nebraska child was playing in the water on a beach area when an alligator grabbed him and dragged him underwater. His father tried to rescue him, but did not succeed, a local law enforcement official said at the time. The boy's body was later found after an extensive search.

George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort, issued the following statement, "In the wake of this tragic accident we continue to provide ongoing support for the family, which includes honoring their request for privacy."