Clayton Beathard, brother of singer Tucker Beathard, was killed in a stabbing incident in Nashville early yesterday (December 21) morning.
Per News Channel 5, Beathard, 22, and Paul Trapeni III, 21, were both killed during the incident. A third man is still hospitalized with eye and arm injuries. Bearhard and Trapeni III both graduated from Battle Ground Academy and were members of the football team.
Local police said the stabbing incident happened around 3 AM outside the Dogwood Bar after an argument inside the bar over a woman was taken outside.
Country songwriter Casey Beathard and his wife, Susan, the parents of Clayton, issued the following statement to The Tennessean:
“It’s times like this I wish had Instagram and social media because the love and prayers have been so overwhelming. We cannot possibly thank you at the rate they come in texts and phone calls. Clay was an amazing, big and soft hearted human being with an undeniable love for the Lord. He had his family’s, friends’ and teammates’ backs even to a fault. I wish he would have been more inclined to take the high road but he hated ‘wrong.’
“Yes, he was stubborn sometimes but mostly because his beliefs were strong. He lived a full life except for the chance at being the incredible father I knew he would have been. He loved kids, underdogs and the less fortunate. His little sister was his world and his love and pride for his older brothers was off the charts. He will be missed. That is an understatement. Nobody’s light shined like his when he smiled.
That is what we will hold in our hearts because we know he is smiling now. He always worried about all of our welfare, never his own. I say that to say, to those who knew and loved him, please lean into the Lord’s strength, trust in the Lord and carry on. Carry him with you like a chip on your shoulder, like the one he carried. He loved people saying he could do something. That’s where he thrived mostly.
He was never afraid of a challenge so please, all of you, take on the next challenge with faith in God and knowing Clay is smiling down and has your back. I love all of you and I love for the gift he was to us for a little while. I beg that your thoughts and prayers go out to the whoever committed this act but the Trapeni family also. Paul was Clay’s teammate and friend at BGA who was also taken in the incident.”
Battle Ground Academy released the following statement:
The San Francisco 49ers, whose quarterback C.J. Beathard is the brother of Clayton, also issued the following statement.