Clayton Beathard, brother of 49ers QB, stabbed to death in Nashville

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard will not be with his teammates on Saturday night at home against the Los Angeles Rams. Instead, he will be with his family. 

Beathard’s younger brother Clayton was stabbed to death early Saturday morning in Nashville, Tennessee. Paul Trapeni III also died following the attack. 

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Both Beathard and Trapeni were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center but died. A third man, who has only been identified as 21-years-old, was also stabbed, but survived the attack. 

The incident happened at 2:52 am local time. The authorities are still seeking the alleged person of interest, who they believe is the suspect in the case. 

“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,” MNPD 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.” 

Beathard was a quarterback at Long Island University. He was also the brother of musician Tucker Beathard and son of country music songwriter Casey Beathard. 

The family’s ties to the NFL are deep, as Bobby Beathard, the grandfather of C.J., Clayton, and Tucker, used to be an NFL GM. He is an NFL Hall of Famer, who won four Super Bowls. 

“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 said in a statement to The Tennessean. “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. 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.”

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