NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Two people are dead and another is injured after a fight outside a Midtown restaurant early Saturday morning.
Metro Nashville Police are investigating at the Dogwood restaurant and bar on Division Street and are asking for the public's help in identifying a person sought for questioning. Anyone who recognizes him from the surveillance photo is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
Police tell News 4 the altercation appears to have resulted from an argument over a woman that began inside the bar and then turned physical when those involved stepped outside. The call for the stabbing went out to officers just before 3 a.m.
Multiple people were involved in the fight outside. Three individuals were cut or stabbed, according to police; one has minor injuries and two are deceased after being stabbed in their sides. Clayton Beathard, 22, and Paul Trapeni III, 21, were stabbed in their sides and were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where they died. Both Beathard and Trapeni are alumni of Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. The third victim, 21-year-old man, is still in the hospital being treated for injuries.
Beathard is also the brother of musician Tucker Beathard and San Francisco 49ers quarterback CJ Beathard.
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Midtown Hills Precinct Detectives are working the case and are searching for a possible suspect.
Police say they have some leads, and are seeking information from anyone witnessing or having information about the incident.
Dogwood released the following statement regarding the incident:
"First and foremost, our thoughts are with the families of the victims. The stabbing that occurred last night was not inside Dogwood but across the street on Division St. after Dogwood had closed. Dogwood is working closely with local authorities and has shared footage from outside the establishment in the hopes of catching the perpetrator. We, along with local authorities, encourage anyone with more information to please contact the police." - Dogwood Nashville Partners
Battle Ground Academy released the following statement on its Facebook page:
"It is with deep sadness that we inform you that BGA alumni Clay Beathard ‘16 and Paul Trapeni ‘16 died early this morning following an attack in Nashville. A third alumnus was transported to the hospital following the attack. We offer our condolences and deepest sympathy to the Beathard and Trapeni families. We also offer our prayers and support to their BGA classmates, teammates, teachers, coaches, and friends.
We understand this unexpected and devastating news may be difficult to reconcile. We are making counselors available at BGA at 3:00 this afternoon in the Harlin Student Center if you feel the need to talk to someone about this tragedy.
Out of respect to the families, BGA will have no further comment at this time."
The Beathard family also released the following statement:
"It's times like this I wish I had Instagram & social media because the love & prayers have been so overwhelming We cannot possible thank every single one of you at the rate they come in in texts & phone calls.
Clay was an amazing, big & 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 know he would have been.
He looooooved kids, underdogs and the less fortunate. His little sister was his world and his love & pride for his older brothers & charly was off the charts.
He will be missed!! That is an understatement! Nobody's light shined like His when he smiled.
That's 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 that knew & loved him, please lean into the Lords 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 couldn't 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 God for the gift he was to us for a little while.
I beg that your thoughts and prayers go out to whoever committed this act, but The Trapeni family also.
Paul was Clay's teammate & friend at BGA who was also taken in the incident."
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