Grandmother calls suicides of Florida lawmakers “tragic”

The grandmother of a Florida MP who committed suicide days after her cop boyfriend committed suicide – leaving their newborn orphaned – compared the double suicide to a “tragic Romeo and Juliet story.”

“My heart is so sad that I thought I was in pain before I lost my beautiful granddaughter,” Bernice Bartolini, grandmother of St. Lucia County MP Victoria Pacheco, wrote on Facebook.

“Tragic story of Romeo and Juliet. They are now together forever,” she wrote. “This loss is so painful for everyone, so be kind and watch your family keep them close to your heart.”

Bartolini continued, “Victoria and I were very close when I lived in Florida, she was there for me. I wish I could have been there for her. My insides are ripped, my heart hurts so much.

In a previous article, she said that she felt like “watching someone else’s life in a movie, can’t understand the reasoning for this pain.”

Pacheco, 23, committed suicide two days after the death of the father of her child, Deputy Clayton Osteen, on January 2.

Bartolini said “my heart is so sad” after the death of his granddaughter.
Facebook / Bernice Bartolini

Osteen, 24, who served in the US Marines, was named Deputy of the Year in 2020, a year after joining the department, WPTV reported, citing his personal records.

He also saved someone’s life after performing CPR on someone who overdosed on drugs, the outlet said.

Pacheco, who joined the force in 2020, received an award last year for his involvement in rescuing someone who overdosed on drugs, the station added.

Victoria Pacheco
Pacheco and Osteen leave their baby Jayce behind.
Facebook / Bernice Bartolini

“Clayton and Victoria were joyful parents, for the first time excited by their growing family, in love with their baby Jayce, and therefore in love with each other,” says a statement on a GoFundMe page for the child. .

“Tragically, for totally unknown and totally irrelevant reasons, Clayton committed suicide on December 31, 2021. In shock at the loss, Victoria committed suicide two days later,” he continues.

Sheriff Ken Mascara said this week his office answered a call just before midnight on New Years Eve and discovered that Osteen, who was not on duty, attempted to kill himself.

Clayton osteen
Osteen served in the United States Marines.
Ray Tourville / Facebook

His family pulled him off life support on Sunday, Mascara said. On Tuesday, the office learned of Pacheco’s suicide.


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