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Matt and Melissa Graves from Elkhorn, Nebraska were with their two children in June of 2016 enjoying a movie night outdoors at the Walt Disney World Grand Floridian resort near the Seven Seas Lagoon. Their daughter was in her playpen and their 2-year-old toddler, Lane, was doing what toddlers do: constantly exploring the area. Matt and Melissa watched as Lane waded into the lagoon near the movie site. He was only in a foot of water when an alligator came out, grabbed the boy, and took him into the water. Both parents went in the water after the alligator, to no avail and personal injury, but the boy was gone. An extensive search by the authorities ensued. Searchers eventually found him, but it was too late, he was dead, with his body intact in 6 feet of murky water only 10 to 15 yards from the attack site. Lane had suffered only a few puncture wounds. Jeff Corwin, an alligator expert said, "That gator came in, grabbed that boy, pulled him, the dad startled that gator, the gator let him go and then the boy drowned.” The mom referred to her son, “as her 'happy boy.’”

Sometimes the best we can do when the worst happens is to love . . . and to weep with those who weep.–Jim L. Wilson and Kevin C. Hall

John 11:33–35 (HCSB) “When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, He was angry in His spirit and deeply moved. 34 ‘Where have you put him?’ He asked. ‘Lord,’ they told Him, ‘come and see.’ 35 Jesus wept.”

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