What a tragic week for Orlando, Florida. On Tuesday night a 2-year-old boy was pulled by an alligator into a lagoon in Walt Disney World resort and has since been found dead, authorities said.
The boy’s family was at a movie night outdoors at the Grand Floridian resort when around 9 p.m. the boy waded into about a foot of water in a lagoon, authorities have said. Witnesses, including the boy’s horrified parents, tried to save him. His father jumped in and tried to pry the gator’s mouth open. His mother jumped in, too. But it was too late. The child was dragged underwater in the Seven Seas Lagoon, witnesses told authorities. The lagoon is connected to a series of canals that feed into large bodies of water, Wiley said earlier.
The boy’s parents are from Elkhorn, Nebraska, and were identified as Matt and Melissa Graves. “The Graves family appreciates the support they have received and have asked for privacy as they grieve the loss of their son,” the sheriff’s department tweeted.