Nebraska parents bury 2-year-old son killed by alligator

In this Friday, June, 17, 2016 photo released by Walt Disney World Resort, a new sign is seen posted on a beach outside a hotel at a Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Private family services have been scheduled for a 2-year-old Nebraska boy killed by an alligator at Disney World. Authorities say an alligator pulled Lane Graves into the water last Tuesday, June 14, 2016, despite the frantic efforts of his father. Lane's body was recovered Wednesday. (Walt Disney World Resort via AP)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A funeral has been held for a 2-year-old Nebraska boy killed by an alligator at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Mass for Lane Thomas Graves was held Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in west Omaha. It was limited to family and friends. Lane was pulled into the water and drowned last week despite the frantic efforts of his father.

In a statement, Matt and Melissa Graves thanked the “friends and strangers who share in our loss and who have shown us profound compassion.”

The Graves have established the Lane Thomas Foundation, saying all donations will go to charity. On the foundation’s website they say, “while there is no way to mend our hearts, we can do good work in his honor.”

In the shadow of the Magic Kingdom Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers search for the body of a young boy Wednesday, June 15, 2016 after the boy was snatched off the shore and dragged underwater by an alligator Tuesday night at Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
In the shadow of the Magic Kingdom Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers search for the body of a young boy Wednesday, June 15, 2016 after the boy was snatched off the shore and dragged underwater by an alligator Tuesday night at Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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