49ers QB C.J. Beathard pens emotional tribute to slain brother

San Francisco 49ers quarterback CJ Beathard has been away from the team ever since his brother Clayton Beathard was fatally stabbed outside of a bar in Nashville, Tenn., last week, and the third-year pro took to Instagram to share a tribute he wrote to his younger brother.

Beathard opens the post by thanking those who have sent well wishes to his family before remembering his sibling.

“Clay has the biggest heart of anyone that I have ever known,” Beathard writes. “Anyone that knows him knows this, he would do absolutely anything for the people he loves. He is the most loyal guy that I have ever known in my life and has always been so dang proud of my family and I. It sounds so cliche but clay is the best example of a dude that lights up every room he walks into wether its with his loud contagious laugh or just the smile on his face.

“Anyone that knows him would tell you the same. He also has the weirdest ways of making unforgettable relationships with literally everyone he meets. Clay is the sweetest, most humble, toughest, and kind hearted people this world had in it, but he was called home and now has none of the pains and stresses only this world could give. Clay is 1 of a kind.

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It’s hard to even know where to start for something like this, but I guess first I just want to say a can’t tell you how thankful and blessed me and my family are for all of the people that have reached out and prayers we have received since by brother went to heaven. It truly is unbelievable all of the support and friends we have. I love each every one of you. Thank y’all so much. But I want to start with clay. Clay has the biggest heart of anyone that I have ever known. Anyone that knows him knows this, he would do absolutely anything for the people he loves. He is the most loyal guy that I have ever known in my life and has always been so dang proud of my family and I. It sounds so cliche but clay is the best example of a dude that lights up every room he walks into wether its with his loud contagious laugh or just the smile on his face. Anyone that knows him would tell you the same. He also has the weirdest ways of making unforgettable relationships with literally everyone he meets. Clay is the sweetest, most humble, toughest, and kind hearted people this world had in it, but he was called home and now has none of the pains and stresses only this world could give. Clay is 1 of a kind. Him along with Tucker are and forever will be my best friends. We grew up doing everything together going all the way back to my mom sitting us three down at the kitchen table everyday and homeschooling us. And I want to go ahead and say I say all of this in the present tense because Clay still IS! He didn’t “used to be” this or that, he still “is”. He just lives in a different place, and that place is called Heaven. Where I know without a doubt he has no stress no worries and is as joyful as he could ever be. How incredible is that to think about! I just know Clay is looking at us grieving down here right now saying “stay strong” “I’m doing great up here” and “I will see you soon”. What happened is absolutely awful and has been and will continue to be the hardest things my family and I have had to go through. But I can find some peace knowing that he is at peace in heaven right now, and I know without a doubt God will bring a whole bunch of good out of this. Cont in comments

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“Him along with Tucker are and forever will be my best friends. We grew up doing everything together going all the way back to my mom sitting us three down at the kitchen table everyday and homeschooling us. And I want to go ahead and say I say all of this in the present tense because Clay still IS! He didn’t ‘used to be’ this or that, he still ‘is.’ He just lives in a different place, and that place is called Heaven.

“Where I know without a doubt he has no stress no worries and is as joyful as he could ever be. How incredible is that to think about! I just know Clay is looking at us grieving down here right now saying ‘stay strong’ ‘I’m doing great up here’ and ‘I will see you soon’. What happened is absolutely awful and has been and will continue to be the hardest things my family and I have had to go through. But I can find some peace knowing that he is at peace in heaven right now, and I know without a doubt God will bring a whole bunch of good out of this.”

Clayton Beathard and Paul Trapeni III were both killed in a fight outside of the Dogwood Bar & Grill in Midtown Nashville shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. Metro Nashville Police said an altercation inside the bar started after an “argument over a woman.”

The argument continued outside, where the fatal attack occurred. Beathard and Trapeni were classmates and friends at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tenn. C.J. Beathard also attended Battle Ground before committing to Iowa.

On Wednesday, 23-year-old Michael Mosley of Nashville was arrested and faces two counts of criminal homicide.

SFGate senior digital editor Katie Dowd contributed to this report.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE digital reporter. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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