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Horrifying Tragedy!! Baby Boy Orphaned After Police Officer Parents Both Kill Themselves Just Days Apart (Photos)

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Horrifying Tragedy!! Baby Boy Orphaned After Police Officer Parents Both Kill Themselves Just Days Apart (Photos)

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A Newborn baby boy has been orphaned after his cop parents both killed themselves just days apart.

St Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara announced Tuesday the deaths of Florida deputies Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco.

Florida deputies Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco killed themselves just days apart

Baby Jayce Osteen has been left orphaned after his parents took their own lives

Victoria Pacheco joined the force in February 2020

Clayton Osteen had initially tried to take his own life on New Year's Eve

They had been in the force since November 2019 and February 2020 respectively.

The sheriff’s office got a call about an attempted suicide shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Mascara said.

Investigators later found out that the person who had tried to take their own life was Osteen, who was off-duty at the time.

He had survived the attempt and was taken to hospital where two days later his family made the heart-breaking decision to take him off life support.

A day later Osteen’s partner, colleague and mum of his one-month-old son, Pacheco, took her own life.

“Words cannot express the tremendous loss we all feel after losing these two members of our sheriff’s office family,” Mascara wrote.

No details about what may have caused the couple’s back-to-back suicides nor how they died have been released but Mascara said in a statement that deputies had to deal with “stress” and were “human”.

“As sheriff, I saw these two deputies as young, ambitious, and a great complement to my already amazing group of professionals.

“To the general public, and sometimes even myself, it’s easy to view law enforcement as superhuman… but let’s not forget that they’re human just like us.

“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 said.

The couple welcomed their first child together, a son Jayce Osteen, in mid-November.

Osteen had previously served as a rifleman in the US Marines with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

He signed on in May 2015 and later featured in a video about undergoing training in the jungles of Brunei in 2016.

Friends have taken to social media to pay tributes to the couple and share memories and photographs.

“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.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Jayce Osteen.

Pacheco had given birth to their first child in November

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Pacheco had given birth to their first child in November
Osteen had previously served in the US Marines

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