Tucker Beathard Opens Up About Late Brother Clayton Beathard Who Was Killed in Nashville Stabbing

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Tucker Beathard speaks out on brother Clayton Beathard murder
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Country singer Tucker Beathard lost his brother Clayton Beathard just before Christmas, when Clayton was murdered at a Nashville area bar after a late night altercation.

It has been reported that the assailant groped a girl, a friend of Clay’s, in the bar and an altercation took place outside. Clay and Paul Trapeni III were fatally stabbed, while a friend  Alvin Bethurum survived the attack. Following the memorial service for Clayton that took place on Saturday (Dec. 28) at Grace Chapel in Franklin, Tucker took to social media to open up about his beloved brother.

“On December 21st God sure did get a good one,” Tucker wrote.  “Anyone who knows Clay knew what kind of light he naturally was in any situation no matter what the circumstances. I’m beyond blessed to have gotten 22 incredible years with him. As heartbreaking and hard this experience has been it has also pushed me and my family to a whole new level of faith and what it means to trust God and what his plan is.

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Clay was also the son of Grammy winning songwriter Casey Beathard and his wife Susan, and brother of San Francisco 49ers quarterback, C.J. Beathard.

Tucker continued, “Clay was a true warrior for God and his kingdom and to see the legacy he has made and the lives he has changed, including mine, has given me some perspective on what life is really all about at the end of the day. It amazes me to see how Clay already had that perspective… he lived a life here on earth for serving Jesus and had that discernment of right and wrong and the courage to wear his faith on his sleeve. I think God saw the great work he has done and now has rewarded him with a new life in heaven that no one can even fathom how incredible it is, and that thought alone is enough to help me smile in the midst of all this. Clay, I love you and I can’t wait to see you again, and I like to think you looked up to me being your older brother, but the truth is, it’s you who I look up to… I think the matching Bible verse tattoo that we have sums up perfectly how Clay lived and approached his life here on earth… Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and salvation for whom shall I fear, the lord is the stronghold of my life for whom shall I be afraid.”

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On December 21st God sure did get a good one. Anyone who knows Clay knew what kind of light he naturally was in any situation no matter what the circumstances. I’m beyond blessed to have gotten 22 incredible years with him. As heartbreaking and hard this experience has been it has also pushed me and my family to a whole new level of faith and what it means to trust God and what his plan is. Clay was a true warrior for God and his kingdom and to see the legacy he has made and the lives he has changed, including mine, has given me some perspective on what life is really all about at the end of the day. It amazes me to see how Clay already had that perspective… he lived a life here on earth for serving Jesus and had that discernment of right and wrong and the courage to wear his faith on his sleeve. I think God saw the great work he has done and now has rewarded him with a new life in heaven that no one can even fathom how incredible it is, and that thought alone is enough to help me smile in the midst of all this. Clay, I love you and I can’t wait to see you again, and I like to think you looked up to me being your older brother, but the truth is, it’s you who I look up to… I think the matching Bible verse tattoo that we have sums up perfectly how Clay lived and approached his life here on earth… Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and salvation for whom shall I fear, the lord is the stronghold of my life for whom shall I be afraid.”

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Clayton’s obituary reads, “Clayton King Beathard, age 22 of Franklin, TN passed away on December 21, 2019. Clay was born in Davidson County, TN and graduated from Battle Ground Academy. He was attending Long Island University where he was the quarterback for the football team. He was majoring in Sports Management. Clay loved kids and had a big heart to help those in need. ”

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Clayton is survived by parents, Casey and Susan Beathard; brothers, C.J. Beathard and Tucker Beathard and sisters, Charly Beathard and Tatum Beathard.

After being on the run for days after the murder, Michael Mosley was eventually apprehended and arrested on two counts of criminal homicide and one attempted homicide charge. According to the Tennessean, Michael’s lawyer is claiming self defense. A preliminary hearing will be held on January 7.