The Florida sheriff’s deputies both commit suicide and leave their six-week-old baby orphaned, the family says

Astonished family members say a Florida sheriff’s deputy killed himself ‘for completely unknown reasons’ on New Year’s Eve and started a tragic chain of events that saw his girlfriend kill herself two days later, leaving their six-week-old baby orphaned.

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Lucie Sheriff’s Office deputy Clayton Osteen, 24, attempted suicide but survived and was taken to a hospital where his family made the decision to remove him from life support.

Two days after Osteen’s fatal suicide attempt, his partner, colleague and mother of his one-month-old son, Victoria Pacheco, 23, took his own life. A GoFundMe site set up to raise money for the couple’s son Jayce said: “Tragically, Clayton took his own life on December 31, 2021 for completely unknown reasons and completely out of character.

‘Wild after the shock of the loss, Victoria took her own life two days later.’ It continued: ‘Clayton and Victoria were joyful, first-time parents excited about their growing family, in love with their baby Jayce and then in love with each other.’

Now family and friends, shaken by the loss, express shock at the parents’ choice to end their lives, saying they were as happy as ever after receiving their new baby and that the reason behind the drastic actions is unknown.

St.  Lucie Sheriff's Office gathers to raise money and daily basics to help raise baby Jayce, (pictured), including receiving essentials like diapers, napkins, gift cards for baby stores and grocery stores

St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office gathers to raise money and daily basics to help raise baby Jayce, (pictured), including receiving essentials like diapers, napkins, gift cards for baby stores and grocery stores

The tragic deaths of Osteen and Pacheco left their little son Jayce Osteen, who was born on November 22, 2021 orphaned

The tragic deaths of Osteen and Pacheco left their little son Jayce Osteen, who was born on November 22, 2021 orphaned

Family and friends are shocked by the loss and express shock at Osteen and Pacheco's choice to end their lives, saying they were as happy as ever after receiving their new baby and that the reason behind the drastic actions is unknown

Family and friends are shocked by the loss and express shock at Osteen and Pacheco’s choice to end their lives, saying they were as happy as ever after receiving their new baby and that the reason behind the drastic actions is unknown

Clayton Osteen

Victoria Pacheco

St Lucie County Sheriff’s Deputies Clayton Osteen (left) and Victoria Pacheco (right) died of suicide a few days apart last week

Jayce Osteen has been orphaned after his mother and father, who were both sheriff's deputies, took their own lives

Jayce Osteen has been orphaned after his mother and father, who were both sheriff’s deputies, took their own lives

The young couple had just welcomed their first child together, a boy, in mid-November.  Osteen and Pacheco are pictured during her baby shows in September

The young couple had just welcomed their first child together, a boy, in mid-November. Osteen and Pacheco are pictured during her baby shows in September

Osteen and Pacheco have been in the force since November 2019 and February 2020, respectively.

Osteen’s brother steps in to look after the newborn, who is also St. Lucie Deputy.

St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office gathers to raise money and daily necessities to help Osteen’s brother raise baby Jayce, including essential items such as diapers, napkins, gift cards for baby stores and grocery stores.

Kelly Ridle, mother of an Osteens and Pacheco colleague who set up GoFundMe for baby Jayce, described Osteen’s suicide attempts as ‘unexpected’ and ‘inexplicable’

‘The grief is deep and painful,’ Ridle wrote on Facebook. ‘Parents should not bury their children. Brothers and best friends should be called upon for support. Babies should grow up surrounded by the love of their parents. But by my friends, in spite of this terrible situation, I have witnessed more grace, love, compassion, answered prayers, and even what feels like a few miracles this week than I could imagine existed among the bereaved. . We’re forever connected to each other and Jayce. ‘

Osteen was a retired U.S. Marine who had previously served as a rifle man in the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

He signed up in May 2015 and was featured in a video about undergoing training in the Brunei jungle in 2016.

Osteen, pictured above rocking his girlfriend's pregnant belly, tried to take his life on New Year's Eve and was taken from lifesaving two days later.

Osteen, pictured above rocking his girlfriend’s pregnant belly, tried to take his life on New Year’s Eve and was taken from lifesaving two days later.

Osteen was a retired U.S. Marine who had previously served as a rifle man in the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

Osteen was mourned on social media by his former comrades

Osteen was a retired U.S. Marine who had previously served as a rifle man in the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

The young mother of one took her own life just one day after the death of her partner

Authorities have not said what could have caused the couple’s back-to-back suicide, or how they died, but Sheriff Mascara noted in his statement that deputies often deal with ‘stress’ and are ‘human’.

“While it is impossible for us to fully understand the private circumstances that led to this devastating loss, we pray that this tragedy will be a catalyst for change, a catalyst to help ease the stigma surrounding mental well-being and normalize conversation. about the challenges so many of us face on a regular basis, “the sheriff added.

Friends have shared memories and photos of the tragic couple on social media.

‘A real brother lost his internal battle,’ Ray Tourville wrote of Osteen on Facebook. ‘I struggle to find the words to write that even to a small degree do him justice. I’m so sorry you felt this was your only option. ‘

To make a donation to support baby Jayce, please click here here. Write ‘Jayce Osteen’ in the donation’s comment field to make sure the money goes directly to him.

Or send baby items to Collin Pratt at 2318 Laurel Rd E Apartment 3306 Northern Venice, Fl 34275

Alternatively, people can donate via GoFundMe.

  • For confidential support call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255

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