Announced earlier this morning, North Adams native Capital Police Officer William “Billy” Evans, killed Friday outside the Capitol Building will lie in honor in the United States Capitol Rotunda next week.

Today In a joint statement House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated… “It is now the great and solemn privilege of the House of Representatives and the Senate to convey the appreciation and the sadness of the Congress and Country for the heroic sacrifice of Officer Evans with a lying-in-honor ceremony in the U.S. Capitol.  It is our hope that this tribute will be a comfort to the family of Officer Evans, particularly his children Logan and Abigail, as will the knowledge that so many Americans mourn with and pray for them at this sad time. May this tribute also be a source of comfort and an expression of gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police Force, which has awed our nation with their courage and resilience during this devastating time.”

The congressional tribute will be held next Tuesday April 13th at 11 a.m.  The tribute will be followed by a viewing period for members of the Capitol Police.  Members of Congress are also invited to attend the viewing. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a ceremonial departure.  Other details have not been announced.

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Evans is from North Adams.  He attended Drury High School while living in Clarksburg.  He later graduated from Western New England University in Springfield.  He joined the Capitol Police in 2003.  Evans was a father of two children, Logan and Abigail.

Evans was on duty at the Capital last Friday when Noah Green drove his car into Evan and another officer at a barricade protecting the Capital.  Evan died from his injuries.  The other officer was hospitalized but survived the attack.  Green was shot and killed by officers after he exited his car and lunged at police while welding a knife.

President Biden last week ordered flags at the U.S. Capitol, White House and federal buildings to be flown at half-staff.

(The image of  William "Billy" Evans was provided by the U.S. Capitol Police)

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