Balloons released in memory of two Elkhorn boys

Posted at 10:39 PM, Aug 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 23:39:28-04

St. Patrick's Catholic Church celebrated families and fall at the Annual Fall Festival, but this year they added a new celebration - honoring the lives of two young boys who died in June.

2-year-old Lane Graves and 3-year-old Aspen Seemann died tragically over the summer. 

Graves died June 14th at Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort, when a gator snatched him into a lake on the property. His body was found the next day.

Days later, Seemann was rescued from West Shores Lake. He later died at the hospital. 

"And we continue to pray for two families that are a part of St. Pat's, the Graves and the Seemanns," prayed Father Tom Fangman. "Our faith, and our hope, can help us all to trust, that both Lane and Aspen are both running around playing together in heaven, as we, as your children, run around and play together here on Earth." 

Hundreds of community members released dozens of blue and green balloon in loving memory of the two boys who have left and impact on an entire community. 
This celebration is one of many gestures the families have received in the last few months. In July, friends and neighbors showered the Graves neighborhood with blue ribbons.