Clayton Beathard, 22, and Paul Trapeni III, 21, were fatally stabbed outside of a Nashville bar Saturday morning, The Tennessean reports. The incident took place outside of the Dogwood Bar in the midtown area of Music City.
“The fatal stabbings appear to have resulted from an argument over a woman that began inside Dogwood Bar and then turned physical when the parties went outside,” the Metro Nashville Police Department confirmed in a press release. “Multiple persons were involved in the outdoor fight during which the two men were both fatally stabbed in their sides.” One other victim was rushed to Vanderbilt and remains there now.
Beathard was the brother to rising country star Tucker Beathard. His family also includes his father, famed songwriter Casey Beathard, who has penned songs for Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Gary Allan, Trace Adkins and others. His brother C.J. is the NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
“It’s times like this I wish had Instagram and social media because the love and prayers have been so overwhelming,” Beathard’s parents Casey and Susan Beathard told The Tennessean in a statement. “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.’
“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,” the statement continued. “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.”
According to a report by police, dispatchers received a call at 2:52 a.m. at 1903 Division Street. The incident allegedly occurred as the result of an altercation leaving the bar. The case is still an active investigation with police searching for male suspects in black clothing and with facial hair.
Counselors are available for students at Battle Ground Academy, where the two men previously attended school.