Relating to adopt baby of Florida MPs who died by suicide


The infant son of two Florida police officers who died by suicide will be adopted by a close relative, according to a fundraising page to support the child.

Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office both died by suicide this week, according to the sheriff’s office, leaving behind their one-month-old son Jayce Osteen.

Kelly Ridle, a friend of Osteen who set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Jayce’s future, announced that the baby will be adopted by a “close family member.”

“The families of Clayton and Victoria are very grateful for all the prayers and support received,” Ridle wrote on the donations page. “All donations will be used to enrich Jayce’s life experiences and secure a better future.”

Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office both committed suicide this week, leaving behind their one-month-old son, Jayce Osteen.GoFundMe

A representative from GoFundMe has confirmed the validity of the fundraising campaign, which raised over $ 60,000, to TODAY.

Sheriff Ken J. Mascara announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday that Osteen, 24, attempted suicide on New Years Eve. He was taken off life support on Sunday. Pacheco, 23, committed suicide a few days later.

“Words cannot express the tremendous loss we feel after losing these two family members from the sheriff’s office,” Mascara said in the statement.

The sheriff recognized the importance of mental health.

“While it is impossible for us to fully understand the private circumstances that led to this devastating loss, we pray that this tragedy will become a catalyst for change,” he said. “A catalyst to help lessen the stigma surrounding mental wellness and normalize the conversation about the challenges so many of us face on a regular basis. “

On Friday, the sheriff’s office shared an additional donation page for Jayce based on an “outpouring of support” in the wake of the tragedy.

A spokesperson for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office did not comment further to TODAY.

A native of Florida, Osteen served in the Marine Corps and led the Marines infantry as a non-commissioned officer before his job as a sheriff’s deputy, according to his obituary. He was named MP of the Year in 2020 and would have turned 25 on January 14.

Pachecho, known as “Tori”, was remembered as a “confident, strong-willed and fearless young woman” who loved her son, her “fur babies” and had adventures like swimming with sharks.

Osteen and Pacheco will be laid to rest on Saturday, according to their online obituaries from Haisley Funeral Home.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME at 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/ressources for additional resources.



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