The infant son ofÂ two Florida police deputies who died by suicideÂ 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 Sheriffâ€™s Office both died by suicide this week, according to the Sheriffâ€™s Office, leaving behind their 1-month-old son Jayce Osteen.
Kelly Ridle, a friend of Osteen who created a GoFundMe page to raise money for Jayceâ€™s future, shared the news that the infant would be adopted by a â€œclose family member.â€
â€œThe families of Clayton and Victoria are so grateful for all prayers and support received,â€ Ridle wrote on the donation page. â€œAll donations will be used for enriching Jayceâ€™s life experiences and securing a brighter future.â€
A representative from GoFundMe confirmed the validity of the fundraising campaign, which has raised more than $60,000, to TODAY.
On Tuesday, Sheriff Ken J. MascaraÂ announced in a Facebook post that Osteen, 24, had attempted suicide on New Yearâ€™s Eve. He was taken off life support on Sunday. Pacheco, 23, died by suicide days later.
â€œWords cannot express the tremendous loss we feel after losing these two members of our Sheriffâ€™s Office family,â€ Mascara said in the statement.
The sheriff acknowledged the importance of mental health.
â€œWhile 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,â€ he said. â€œA 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.â€
On Friday, the sheriffâ€™s office shared an additional donation page for Jayce based on an â€œoutpouring of supportâ€ in the wake of the tragedy.
A spokesperson from St. Lucie County Sheriffâ€™s Office did not offer further comment to TODAY.
A Florida native, Osteen served in the Marine Corps and led infantry Marines as a non-commissioned officer prior to his work as a sheriffâ€™s deputy, according toÂ his obituary. He was awarded Deputy of the Year in 2020 and would have turned 25 on Jan. 14.
Pachecho, known as â€œToriâ€, wasÂ rememberedÂ as a â€œconfident, strong willed, and fearless young womanâ€ who loved her son, her â€œfur babies,â€ and having adventures like swimming with sharks.
Both Osteen and Pacheco will be laid to rest 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 to 741741 or visitÂ SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resourcesÂ for additional resources.