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GoFundMe account set up to help Graves family funeral costs

Posted at 6:28 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-18 15:25:56-04

UPDATE: The Graves' family has issued a statement Saturday morning following the incident involving their two-year-old son, Lane, at Walt Disney World.

 

“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.”

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The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the lagoon where Lane Graves was wading in about a foot of water with his father only had a no swimming sign..

The sheriff said it's a sandy beach like area and it's not uncommon for people to dip their toes in the water.

Both Disney patrons and locals are shocked by the news of the little boy’s death and everyone is offering both prayers and donations to the family.

Matthew Wilhite, owner of Kingdom Strollers in Winter Gardens, Florida says he just had to do something to help Matt and Melissa Graves.

“There was some still photos being shown on the news.. and we saw one of our strollers in one of those photos and we prayed immediately that this family was not involved in that situation,” he said.

Wilhite said he noticed his companies recognizable placard on the back of the stroller.

He added he can't image what the graves are going through and wanted to help relieve the financial burden of buring a child and started a gofundme page.

 In only twenty four hours the page has raised more than 28000 dollars.

If you like to donate, click here.