The Graves family left an upscale Omaha neighborhood for a relaxing vacation at a Disney resort in Orlando when tragedy struck.
Lane Graves, the youngest member of the family, was playing at the edge of a lagoon Tuesday night when an alligator dragged him under the water. Graves’ dad, Matt, tried to fight the beast to no avail. The 2-year-old's body was recovered Wednesday afternoon after a frantic, all-out search by authorities failed to find the boy in time.
“They are very shaken up, extremely shaken up,” Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jeff Williamson told reporters. “Imagine if it were you? What would you be?”
Matt Graves is chief data officer for Infogroup, a marketing company based in Papillion, Nebraska. Infogroup’s chairman, Michael Iaccarino, said he was “stunned and heartbroken” about the “family’s unspeakable loss.”