Tucker Beathard’s brother, Clayton Beathard, is dead following a fatal stabbing that took place outside of Nashville’s Dogwood Bar & Grill on Saturday (Dec. 21) at 2:50 am, according to a police report.
Two men, Beathard, 22, and Paul Trapeni III, 21, were pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center following a fight that broke out outside of the bar located at 1907 Division Street. Police say the fight appears to have been sparked inside the bar after a disagreement involving a woman. Multiple people were reportedly involved in the dispute, which resulted in Beathard and Trapeni being stabbed in their sides. A third stabbing victim, who was a 21-year-old man, was treated for his injuries and later released from the hospital.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect. Anyone who has information can call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
Clayton, son of Casey and Susan Beathard, was the brother of Tucker Beathard, who recently joined Warner Music Nashville and released his latest single, “Better Than Me.” His older brother, C.J. Beathard, is a 49ers quarterback. Casey Beathard is a well-known songwriter, who has penned hits for artists such as Eric Church, Kenny Chesney and Gary Allan.
The Beathard Family issued a statement to The Tennessean following Clayton’s death.
“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,” they began. “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,” their statement went on to say. “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.”
His parents said they take comfort knowing Clayton is smiling down on them from Heaven and asked his friends to lean on their faith during this difficult time.
“That is what we will hold in our hearts because we know he is smiling now,” they shared. “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.”
The statement continued, “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.”