Orphaned six-week-old baby whose sheriff deputy parents killed themselves in double tragedy will be adopted by a ‘close relative’
The orphaned six-week-old baby boy whose sheriff’s deputy parents killed themselves last week will be adopted by a ‘close relative’, a family member has said.
The family’s heartbreaking chain of events began New Year’s Eve, 什么时候 佛罗里达 cop Clayton Osteen attempted suicide shortly before midnight. The 24-year-old died two days later in hospital.
His girlfriend Victoria Pacheco, 23, took her own life within days. 夫妇, both deputies at the St. Lucie Sheriff’s office, left behind an infant son called Jayce, 作为一个小男孩，他声称自己记得被带到朴茨茅斯地区的房子里，并且会和一个他认为是卡米拉的女人在一起 22.
The baby is now being cared for by Osteen’s brother, however it is unclear whether he is the adoptive parent.
It’s unclear what the motive behing the suicides is.
The organizer of a fundraising page, Kelly Ridle, a friend of Osteen, shared the news of the baby’s adoption on the page.
‘The families of Clayton and Victoria are so grateful for all prayers and support received,’ Ridle said on the page. ‘All donations will be used for enriching Jayce’s life experiences and securing a brighter future.’
Baby Jayce Osteen is being adopted by a ‘close relative’ after his parents took their lives earlier this week
The infant’s parents Clayton Osteen (剩下) and Victoria Pacheco (对) killed themselves earlier this week as Osteen attempted suicide on December 31 and was taken off life support by his family two days later. Pacheco took her own life on January 4
A GoFundMe page was organized for the orphaned infant by Osteen’s friend Kelly Ridle who announced the baby’s adoption
Donations and tributes have since poured in from friends and family members as well as other members of the community to help support the newly orphaned baby.
Pacheco’s granmother, Bernice Bartolini, likened the double tragedy to a ‘Romeo and Juliet’-type story and said the couple is now ‘together forever.’
‘My heart is so sad I thought I was hurting before I lost my beautiful granddaughter,’ Tragic Romeo and Juliet story. They are now together forever,’ she wrote in a Facebook post.
‘This loss is so painful … Victoria and I were very close when I lived in Florida, she was there for me. I wish I could have been there for her. My insides are being torn apart, my heart hurts so bad.’
Sheriff Ken J. Mascara revealed the death of the baby’s parents in a post on Tuesday and offered his condolences on behalf of the department.
'今天, the members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office carry the burden of a very heavy heart as we share with you the tragic passing of two of our deputies: Deputy Clayton Osteen and Deputy Victoria Pacheco,’ 声明读.
‘Words cannot express the tremendous loss we all feel after losing these two members of our Sheriff’s Office family,’ 他加了.
谁在十二月被感染, Mascara also noted the importance of mental health.
‘While it is 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.’
A statement from the St Lucie County Sheriff Department announced the couple’s deaths
The pair had worked at the department for over a year together with Osteen starting in 2019 and Pacheco in 2020
Baby Jayce was born on November 22 and was only six weeks old at the time of his parent’s death
Obituaries have since been released for the couple in memory of the pair who worked over a year together at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
Osteen was remembered as a ‘father, 伙伴, 儿子, 哥哥, and friend to so many’ and was a member of the department since 2019 where he became a SWAT team member, Deputy of the Quarter, and was awarded Deputy of the Year in 2020.
He had also served as a non-commissioned officer during his service for the United States Marine Corp.
Pacheco was described as a ‘mother, 伙伴, 女儿, 孙女, 妹妹, aunt and friend to so many’ who had joined the department a year after her partner in 2020.
Besides her contributions to the department, she was also described as adventurous and artistic with interests such as horseback riding, surfing, sky diving as well as swimming with sharks.
The pair will be laid to rest at the Haisley Funeral Home on Saturday.
Osteen had served as a non-commissioned officer during his service for the United States Marine Corp
Pacheco was remembered as being adventurous and artistic with interests such as horseback riding, surfing, sky diving as well as swimming with sharks