Six week-old baby orphaned after sheriff's deputies commit suicide

Stunned family members say a sheriff’s deputy killed himself ‘for reasons completely unknown’ on New Year’s Eve, starting a tragic chain of events that saw his girlfriend kill herself two days later, leaving their six week-old baby son 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. His family later made the decision to remove him from life support. 

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

‘Reeling from the shock of loss, Victoria took her own life two days later.’ It continued: ‘Clayton and Victoria were joy-filled, first-time parents excited about their growing family, enamored with their baby Jayce, and so in love with each other.’  

Now family and friends reeling from the loss are expressing shock at the parent’s choice to end their lives, saying they were as happy as ever after welcoming their new baby and that the reason behind the drastic actions are unknown.   

The St. Lucie Sheriff's Office is rallying to raise money and day to day basics to help raise baby Jayce, (pictured) including accepting essentials like diapers, wipes, gift cards to baby stores and food stores

The port st lucie mortgage rates. Lucie Sheriff’s Office is rallying to raise money and day to day basics to help raise baby Jayce, (pictured) including accepting essentials like diapers, wipes, gift cards to baby stores and food stores

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

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

Family and friends are reeling from the loss are expressing shock at Osteen and Pacheco's choice to end their lives, saying they were as happy as ever after welcoming their new baby and that the reason behind the drastic actions are unknown

Family and friends are reeling from the loss are expressing shock at Osteen and Pacheco’s choice to end their lives, saying they were as happy as ever after welcoming their new baby and that the reason behind the drastic actions are unknown

Clayton Osteen

Victoria Pacheco

St Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies Clayton Osteen (left) and Victoria Pacheco (right) died as a result of suicides just days apart last week 

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

Jayce Osteen has been left orphaned after his mom and dad, 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 shower 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 shower in September  

Osteen and Pacheco served on the force since November 2019 and February 2020, respectively. 

Osteen’s brother, also a St. Lucie Deputy, will now care for newborn Jayce. 

The St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office is rallying to raise money and day to day basics to help Osteen’s brother raise baby Jayce, including accepting essentials like diapers, wipes, gift cards to baby stores and food stores. 

Kelly Ridle, the mother of one Osteen’s and Pacheco’s co-worker, who set up the GoFundMe for baby Jayce described Osteen’s suicide attempt as ‘unexpected’ and ‘unexplainable’.

‘The grief is deep and painful,’ Ridle wrote on Facebook. ‘Parents shouldn’t have to 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 know my friends, despite this horrendous situation, I’ve witnessed more grace, love, compassion, answered prayers, and even what feels like a few miracles this week than I could imagine even existed among those left behind. We are forever bonded to one another and Jayce.’   

Osteen was a retired US Marine, previously serving as a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

He enlisted in May 2015 and was featured in a video about undergoing training in the jungles of Brunei in 2016. 

Osteen, pictured above cradling his girlfriend's pregnant belly, attempted to take his life on New Year's Eve and was taken off life support two days later

Osteen, pictured above cradling his girlfriend’s pregnant belly, attempted to take his life on New Year’s Eve and was taken off life support two days later

Osteen was a retired US Marine, previously serving as a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment

Osteen was mourned on social media by his former comrades

Osteen was a retired US Marine, previously serving as a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment

The young mother-of-one took her own life just one day after her partner’s death 

Authorities have not said what might have prompted the couple’s back-to-back suicides, nor how they died, but Sheriff Mascara noted in his statement that deputies often deal with ‘stress’ and are ‘human.’ 

‘While it’s impossible for us to fully comprehend the private circumstances leading up to this devastating loss, we pray that this tragedy becomes a catalyst for change, a catalyst to help ease the stigma surrounding mental well-being and normalize the conversation about the challenges so many of us face on a regular basis,’ the sheriff added. 

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

‘A true brother lost his internal battle,’ Ray Tourville wrote of Osteen on Facebook. ‘I struggle with finding the words to write that even remotely does him justice. I’m incredibly sorry that you felt this was your only option.’

To make a donation to help support baby Jayce, click . Write ‘Jayce Osteen’ in the donation’s comment box to ensure the cash goes straight to him. 

Or send baby supplies to Collin Pratt at 2318 Laurel Rd E Apt 3306 North Venice

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