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A lighthouse statue has been erected at Walt Disney World in tribute to a little boy who was killed by an alligator at one of its hotels.

Two-year-old Lane Graves was killed while he was playing on the Seven Seas Lagoon beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

His father, Matt Graves, tried unsuccessfully to pry his son from the jaws of the 4-7ft alligator before it disappeared into the man-made lagoon.

It took 16 hours for his body to be recovered from the water.

Lane Graves, 2 year old taken by alligator at Disney Orlando

Image: Lane Graves, two, was killed by an alligator

Local media say the statue was installed in the past week and is located near where the boy died.

The Thomas Lane Foundation, which was set up by his family after his death, posted a picture of the lighthouse on its Facebook page on Monday.

In the accompanying message it said the statue was “created to honour our loving boy Lane”.

His death was ruled an accident and Disney has now installed new signs warning of alligators along the beach.

“No swimming” signs were on display before the tragedy but there were no specific alligator warning signs.

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