NewsChannel5 reports, the country singer's brother was one of two victims fatally stabbed outside of the Dogwood Bar on Division Street in downtown Nashville early Saturday. Police arrived to the scene shortly before 3 a.m after the two men and one other were stabbed following an argument about a woman. Things got violent when those involved decided to take things outside.
Three men were stabbed during the fight. Two of them, 22-year-old Clayton and 21-year-old Paul Trapeni III, were taken to Vanderbilt Medical University Center, where they later died. A third victim was treated and released.
Clayton was the son of famed country songwriter Casey Beathard and brother to Tucker, who's a rising country singer, and San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback, C.J. Beathard. Casey and his wife, Susan, issued a statement following the tragic incident, reported by 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."
Nashville police are asking for anyone with information about the man pictured in the surveillance footage below to call Nashville Crime Stoppers at (615) 742-7463. He is wanted for questioning in connection with the stabbings.
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