Amber Marchese’s message to family who lost son in Disney World alligator attack: ‘My heart breaks for all of them’

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In the wake of the tragic death of two-year-old Lane Graves, who died after wading into the alligator infested Seven Seas lagoon at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian resort in Florida, Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6 cast member Amber Marchese has written a moving message to critics of Lane’s family. Amber’s heartfelt Facebook post chastised those who have essentially blamed the family for the death of their son.

The Colts Neck mom and reality TV star, who has two children, Isabella and Corbin, and two stepchildren, Michael and Sebastian, explained why she deeply empathizes with the Graves family. Of going on a family vacation and trying to look after multiple kids, she wrote, “I have been there before despite being a ‘helicopter mom.'” Amber, who is married to Jim Marchese, went on to envision a scenario where the kids are eager to explore and the parents are doing the best they can to keep an eye out on everyone, with possibly one parent being overly protective and the other advising giving their child the freedom to roam. As she put it, “No doubt, they were trying to satisfy each and every child. Trying to make each child happy at different ages.”

Amber also argued against those who have cast blame on the Graves family for allowing Lane to go near the lagoon, which had a “no swimming” sign (alligator warning signs will now be added). “Being from NY/NJ I would have never in a million years thought that that lake was a home to apex predators, especially so close to a high end hotel such as that one. I would of thought that it was a man made lake that was a controlled environment of just fish,” Amber commented.

“I feel this loss with this mother, father, and siblings. My heart breaks for all of them and I pray that this never happens again. To the people that seem to have an inability to show empathy, stop. accidents happen quickly, lets just hope you will never have to face that sorrow. God bless, love one another, and be humble and kind,” she wrote.