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Family Adopts Infant After Florida Deputy Parents Pass Away in Suicide Within Days


Tragic Loss: Florida Deputy Couple’s Suicide Leaves Behind Adopted Infant

The law enforcement community has seen a concerning rise in suicides. In Florida, one family is grappling with the devastating loss of not just one, but two beloved members.

Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco were both deputies at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Clayton, a 24-year-old US Marine Corps veteran, attempted suicide on New Year’s Eve and passed away two days later after life support was removed. Just two days following Clayton’s death, 23-year-old Victoria also died by suicide. Besides her work in law enforcement, she was known for her passion as an artist. The couple had recently welcomed their son Jayce a month before their tragic deaths.

The sudden loss of Clayton and Victoria has left their families devastated and questioning what led to these heartbreaking events.

“They were joyous, first-time parents, thrilled about their expanding family, deeply in love with their baby Jayce, and devoted to each other,” reads a GoFundMe page supporting their family.

Clayton and Victoria’s baby, Jayce, will be adopted by a close family member, and the GoFundMe aims to assist with this process and provide support during this challenging period.

Kelly Ridle, who initiated the fundraiser, shared on Facebook her heartache over the losses. Clayton, whom she regarded as one of her sons, was a friend to her kids.

“Our hearts ache, especially for baby Jayce, who won’t get to know how incredible, funny, and caring his dad was. Or how much Clayton cherished and adored both Jayce and his mommy,” she expressed.

“Then the unimaginable happened. Two days later, Bob called me with the news that Clayton’s beloved, Jayce’s sweet mommy Victoria, departed in the same manner to join Clayton.”

While Clayton and Victoria will be remembered together in a joint service on January 8, the community is rallying support for Jayce’s future. Donations are encouraged for the family through the GoFundMe or by contributing to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, specifying “Jayce Osteen” in the notes. If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7 for support and assistance.

Written by Emily

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