Romeo and Juliet deputies who killed themselves, according to a grief-stricken sheriff, showed no signs of suffering.
Authorities revealed on Friday that Florida deputies Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco showed no outward signs of the mental anguish that drove them to commit suicide within days of each other.
Sheriff Ken Mascara said during a press conference in Fort Pierce that the couple’s tragic deaths, which left their weeks-old baby son Jayce orphaned, were a personal ‘gut punch’ to their peers and remain a mystery.
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The sheriff of Lucie County revealed that the two young outstanding officers underwent extensive psychological evaluations before being chosen for their demanding roles.
Despite the fact that a thorough examination of his department’s work and welfare procedures has revealed no new information about the mental health tragedy, the county’s top law enforcement officer insists there was nothing his office could have done differently to prevent the deaths.
Former US Marine Osteen, 24, attempted suicide late on New Year’s Eve and died two days later in hospital, while Pacheco, 23, committed suicide on January 4.
At a heartbreaking funeral attended by family, friends, and fellow officers of St. John’s Police Department, the new parents were laid to rest side-by-side in American flag-covered caskets.
As their coffins passed, the Lucie Sheriff’s Department saluted.
In his 22 years as sheriff, Sheriff Mascara has lost four officers, but the two most recent deaths of Deputy Osteen and Pacheco were “probably the most impactful to me.”
‘They all had their own unique impact on me,’ he continued, ‘but these two were a gut punch – and it was because of the manner.’
When the tragedies occurred, he said he immediately questioned himself.
‘When I got the call that it was a suicide, my first thought was, ‘Did I miss something?’ he explained.
‘Did our agency overlook something, or did we fail to put in place the necessary safeguards to prevent something like this from happening?’
‘And after reviewing the facts of this tragic incident, as well as all of our policies and protocols, I can confidently state that we did not overlook anything.
‘No matter what plans we had in place, no matter what we could have done, this was something none of us could have prevented.’
‘I am certain of it.’
Both officers were outstanding candidates for the job, according to Sheriff Mascara, while studying at the nearby Indian River State College law enforcement academy at different times.
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The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s office said there’s nothing it could’ve done differently to prevent deputies Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco’s deaths Osteen, 24, and Pacheco, 23, died by suicide within days of each other shortly after the new year Pacheco’s grandmother, Bernice Bartolini, has likened the double tragedy to doomed Shakespearean lovers Romeo and Juliet Sheriff Ken Mascara on Friday said he had seen four officers die in his 22 years on the job but admitted the two deaths have been ‘the most impactful to me’ ‘Out of all of them they all had their own unique impact on me, but these two were a gut punch – and it was because of the manner,’ he said in a press briefingThe couple leaves behind Jayce Osteen, their six-week old baby, who will be adopted by a family member Osteen, attempted suicide on New Year’s Eve and died two days later. Pacheco took her own life on January 4 For confidential support call the National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-8255