Service in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday for Capitol Police Officer William Evans, formerly Clarksburg.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. The town will honor local son William Evans on Wednesday night when he is brought back to Northern Berkshire for the funeral.
Evans, a member of the US Capitol Police, was killed on Friday April 2 when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding inside the Capitol.
He is brought home in a procession that travels along Route 2 and turns at the Veterans Memorial to travel down Main Street and thence along Route 8 to the Paciorek Funeral Home in Adams, which is preparing for the private funeral service and funeral takes care of the handling.
“I know Officer Evans and his family have deep roots in North Adams City and Clarksburg, as well as our local schools,” said Mayor Thomas Bernard. “His tragic loss comes as a shock to all of us and to his friends, classmates, and co-workers locally and in his career as a US Capitol Police officer who knew, loved, and will always miss him. I hope everyone in our community who is able to attend this demonstration of respect for Officer Evans and support for his family when they return to our community. “
Evans grew up in North Adams and Clarksburg and graduated from Drury High School. He served with the US Capitol Police since 2003 and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder Unit.
He was the sixth private citizen to be so honored and the fourth Capitol policeman in the State Capitol rotunda on Tuesday.
“I’m sure all those memories of North Adams and Clarksburg never changed who Billy was,” said President Biden on duty Tuesday, describing Evans as “defined by his dignity, decency, loyalty and courage.”
Speaking to Evans’ family, he said he understood the pain of losing a child, a spouse. The president lost his first wife and daughter in a car accident and buried a son who died of cancer.
“Losing a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, a mother, a father – it’s like losing a piece of your soul. But it’s buried deep, but it’s coming back,” he said. “Your son, your husband, your brother, your father was a hero. And he’s a part of you. It’s in your blood.
“My prayer for you is the moment when a smile comes before you tear, faster than longer.”
The Wednesday procession will include state and local first responders and is expected to arrive in North Adams at around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday evening.
Members of the North Adams Community are invited to gather along Main Street and in front of City Hall to pay their respects as the procession makes its way through town. As the nightfall procession passes through town, people are encouraged to bring small flashlights or candles to light the procession and show support for Officer Evans, his family and friends, and the community who mourn his loss .
In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, community members wishing to pay their respects to Evans during the procession are encouraged to wear face covering and practice physical distancing as much as possible.