- The bodies of two police officers who committed suicide were buried together.
- Mourners said their last goodbyes on Saturday.
- The collections for Jayce are still going.
Married police officers are buried together. Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco were married police officers who took their own lives in Florida, according to a report by People en Español. They were buried together. The pair of officers who worked at the St. Lucie sheriff’s department in Florida left their son, a little baby named Jayce, an orphan.
According to media reports, the funeral took place on Saturday, January 8. Their coffins were covered with flowers and an American flag. “Clayton and Victoria were buried together this afternoon,” shared Kelly Ridle, who was a friend of Osteen. She also said that a GoFundMe campaign was created to raise funds in order to support the couple’s baby after their death.
Osteen and Pacheco were buried together
Osteen, who was 24-years old, attempted suicide at the end of the last year but it was not until two days later that he died in the hospital when he was disconnected from life support. On the other hand, his wife, 23-year-old Victoria Pacheco, who had given birth to their baby only a month ago, took her own life days later — January 4, to be exact, according to Sheriff Ken Mascara.
The two St. Lucie County police officers surprised their community when their tragic death was announced. Clayton Osteen, 24, and Victoria Pacheco, 23, committed suicide within days of each other and left behind their young son who is only one month old. The couple had recently won recognition for saving lives and both stood out in the police department for their excellent work. Their deaths took everyone who knew them by surprise.
It all started on December 31st
On December 31, New Year’s Eve, officer Clayton Osteen tried to kill himself. Nobody knows what reasons he had for trying to take his own life. A few days later Osteen died and Victoria Pacheco could not bear the loss of her husband so she also committed suicide. Family and friends have set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for their one-month old infant, whom they named Jayce.
No one close to Pacheco and Osteen’s circle can explain their respective suicides. Although, in the press release issued by the St. Lucie County Police it was reported that, “Victoria seeing Clayton dead, could not bear the great loss and decided to take her own life.” Friends of the couple announced that there were no signs that Osteen was contemplating taking his own life. Filed Under: Cops Are Buried Together.
The married officers were under intense pressure from their demanding profession
People en Español reported that the bailiff described the couple as young people full of ambition but unfortunately they also felt intense pressure due to their demanding profession. “Law enforcement officers deal not only with the day-to-day stress that we all face, but also with the stress of those they help in our community, which can be very challenging,” Mascara said.
After that he commented that he hopes their deaths are not in vain and asked for prayers: “While it is impossible for us to understand the private circumstances that led to this devastating loss, we pray that this tragedy will become a catalyst for change, a catalyst to help alleviate the stigma that exists around mental health and normalize the conversation about the challenges so many of us face,” Mascara said.
Osteen and Victoria’s baby may be adopted by a family member
According to Ridle, Osteen’s good friend shared on the GoFundMe page that Jayce, the baby left behind by the couple, may be adopted by a close relative. “The Clayton and Victoria families are so grateful for all the prayers and support received. All donations will be used to enrich Jayce’s life and ensure a brighter future for him,” said Kelly.
It is reported that more than $113,000 has been raised for the baby. In their last goodbye, Pacheco’s relatives described her as a confident, brave woman and, last but not least, as someone who had an adventurous spirit, who adored her son and her husband. While Osteen’s relatives say that he was proud of being Jayce’s father. Filed Under: Cops Are Buried Together.
Osteen was disconnected from life support at the hospital
In the statement released by Sheriff Ken Mascara, he explains that the Police Department received a call (they omitted who made it) where it was reported that Clayton had attempted to kill himself, so they quickly went to the agents’ home and discovered the tragic scene. Soon after, Osteen was rushed to the hospital. Sadly, his family had to take him off life support.
“The sheriff’s office responded to a call just before midnight on New Years Eve and discovered that Osteen, who was off duty, had attempted suicide. His family took him off life support on Sunday,” Sheriff Mascara announced in a press release issued a couple of days ago.
Kelly Ridle shared that she did not understand why Osteen and Victoria had taken their own lives
In the explanation that Kelly Ridle offered, she said one of the mysteries that remains unsolved are Victoria’s and Clayton’s deaths. Ridle explained that Clayton had passed away on January 2, 2022, while Victoria decided to take her own life on January 4, 2022. In the description on the GoFundMe page, she stated that they still did not understand why the officer had taken his own life.
“Tragically, for reasons completely unknown and totally misplaced, Clayton took his own life on December 31, 2021. Shocked by the loss, Victoria took her own life two days later,” Ridle wrote on the donation page, where she asked for help for baby Jayce. Filed Under: Cops Are Buried Together.
The sheriff’s office shared an additional donation page to support Jayce
According to Telemundo, the sheriff’s office was reported to have shared an additional donation page for Jayce on Friday based on the “tremendous amount of support” received in the wake of the tragedy. Osteen served in the Marine Corps, was awarded the recognition of Deputy Sheriff of the Year in 2020 and would have turned 25 this coming January 14.
The couple’s friend pointed out that the agents had selflessly served the residents of St. Lucie County, so she asked for help from the people in the community where the couple lived for their son’s future. So far, Jayce is in the care of family and Kelly is also helping to raise money for him.
The last goodbye to the pair of officers took place last Saturday
Kelly Ridle also announced that Clayton’s fellow Navy members would be arriving in St. Lucie County to say goodbye to Clayton and Victoria. Nobody can believe what happened to the couple, especially because they had so recently become parents. The officers’ baby is barely a month old and given the expenses already incurred for their funeral, Ridle started a GoFundMe to support him.
If you or someone you know may be at risk, here is a suicide prevention line that you can contact or share with people who need help: 1-888-628-9454. Here they offer you free confidential support in Spanish and 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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