Slain US Capitol officer honoured by Biden, lawmakers at Capitol Hill
CA, 14 Apr 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden and other lawmakers from both parties paid tribute to Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans during a service at the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in honour in the rotunda.
Biden praised the officer for his service and called him a hero.
"I didn't know Billy, but I knew Billy. I grew up with Billies in Claymont and Scranton, Pennsylvania," Biden said. "Billy was always the kid that you know if you got in a fight (and) you were outnumbered 3-1, he'd still jump in knowing you'd both get beaten."
Evans died on April 2, when he and another Capitol Police officer were struck by a driver who intentionally rammed a barrier near the Russell Senate Office Building. The other officer survived.
He told Evans' family that he had some understanding of the heartbreak, having lost his first wife and daughter in a car crash in 1972 and his son Beau to cancer in 2015. He said the family would be able to "make it by holding each other together."
The family and those in attendance were serenaded by a performance by the U.S. Army Chorus Quartet who sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water." During the performance, Evans' daughter Abigail could be seen wiping tears from her mother's eyes.
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