Capitol Police officer killed in car ramming attack to lie in honor in Rotunda
The U.S. Capitol Police officer killed in last week’s car attack at the Capitol Complex, William “Billy” Evans, will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on April 13, it was announced Tuesday.
Evans—an 18-year member of the force, according to USCP—was killed as a result of an individual who rammed his vehicle into a security barricade outside the Capitol building on Friday.
“In giving his life to protect our Capitol and our Country, Officer Evans became a martyr for our democracy. On behalf of the entire Congress, we are profoundly grateful,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
“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,” the Democratic leaders also stated.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, attendance on April 13 will be limited to invited guests only. These will include members of U.S. Capitol Police and members of Congress.
“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,” Schumer and Pelosi also said.
Another Capitol Police officer, Ken Shaver, was injured in the Friday attack. The vehicle’s driver, 25-year-old Noah Green, hit Officers Evans and Shaver and then got out of his car and ran toward the officers before he was shot. Later at the hospital, Green died.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick also received the rare distinction of lying in honor in the Rotunda, after dying as a result of the January 6 storming of the Capitol that caused the deaths of four others.
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