A North Adams native is being honored today for his sacrifice for his country. Slain U.S. Capitol Police officer Billy Evans will be lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda into the early evening hours. The North Adams native was killed April 2nd when a vehicle rammed into him and another officer at a barricade just 100 yards from the Senate side of the Capitol building. Police shot and killed the driver when he left the vehicle armed with a knife.

The tribute today comes as part of the second such ceremony this year following the January 6th insurrection and the purging of the senate chambers that day. President Joe Biden and congressional leaders are attending a ceremony for the North Adams native at 11 a.m.

Evans body will lie in honor into this evening. After this morning’s ceremony, there will be a viewing period for the United States Capitol Police Force members. Members of congress will then be able to view Evans until 6:30 p.m. At that time there will be a ceremonial departure from the Capitol.

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Things will shift to the northern Berkshires in a couple of days. Evans be honored in a funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Adams Thursday. That information is according to an obituary posted by the Paciorek Funeral Home on Monday. According to the notice, Evans is being buried with his father, Howard Evans, at Bellevue Cemetery in Adams. Both the funeral mass and the burial will be private for the family.

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