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The Family of Lane Graves: How Best to Help

This undated family photo obtained June 16, 2016 courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando,Florida shows Lane Graves.
A US family's desperate search for their toddler son, who was snatched by an alligator off the shore of a lake at a Disney resort, ended jUNE 15, 2016 when divers found the two-year-old's body in murky water. The two-year-old victim was identified as Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska -- a suburb of Omaha. His parents are Matt and Melissa Graves, Demings said. The nightmare at the Disney World complex is the latest horror to hit the central Florida vacation town of Orlando reeling from Sunday's massacre at a gay nightclub in which 49 people were killed -- the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
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Their hometown parish in Elkhorn, Nebraska is supporting them by receiving cards and donations on their behalf

As the Graves family continues to mourn the death of their 2-year-old boy who was attacked by an alligator at a Disney resort, their hometown parish in Elkhorn, Nebraska is supporting them by receiving cards and donations on their behalf.

The family belongs to Saint Patrick’s parish in Elkhorn and their daughter Ella attended preschool there. Father Gary Ostrander said “100 to 150 people” attended a recent vigil held in honor of the family, where they celebrated Mass and prayed a rosary for the family.

They also posted on their website a message, saying,

“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of a tragic loss in one of our parish families… Please honor their privacy at this time and keep them in your prayers. The family requests that St. Patrick’s Parish and School not speak with the media.”

The parish outlines the following ways to support the family in their grief.

  • Pray.
  • We will pray the Rosary for the Graves Family on Sunday, June 19, immediately following the 5 p.m. Mass (approximately 6:15 p.m.).
  • Tie a royal blue ribbon around your tree to show your love and support.

Additionally, memorials or Mass intentions can be made in Lane Graves’ name online via the parish website, stpatselkhorn.org, or through the mail to St. Patrick Parish, 20500 West Maple Rd. Elkhorn, NE 68022.

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