Hundreds pay respects at Capitol officer’s funeral

  • Logan Evans, 9, center, son of the late U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, holds a stuffed toy as he departs St. Stanislaus Kostka Church with his grandmother Janice Evans, behind center left, and his mother Shannon Terranova, center right, who holds his sister Abigail Evans, 7, right, following a funeral Mass for his father, in Adams, Mass., Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car... Steven Senne

  • Pallbearers from the U.S. Capitol Police carry the casket of William "Billy" Evans into St. Stanislaus Kostka Church before a funeral Mass, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Adams, Mass. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Pallbearers from the U.S. Capitol Police, left, process past Massachusetts state police, right, as they approach St. Stanislaus Kostka Church before a funeral Mass for William "Billy" Evans, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Adams, Mass. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Pallbearers from the U.S. Capitol Police, center, carry the casket of William "Billy" Evans into St. Stanislaus Kostka Church before a funeral Mass, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Adams, Mass. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • This image provided by the U.S. Capitol Police shows U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department's first responders unit. Evans will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday. The tribute comes as part of the second such ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection. President Joe Biden and congressional leaders will attend a ceremony for Evans, who was killed April 2...

  • A joint services honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, to a catafalque where he will lie in honor at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP) MANDEL NGAN

  • Community members line the streets in downtown Adams, Mass., to pay their respects as the funeral procession for Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans leaves St. Stanislaus Kotska Church after his funeral, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans was killed this month when a driver struck him and another officer at a barricade outside the Senate. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN — THE BERKS

  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is among the crowd that gathered along Park Street to pay her respects as the funeral procession for Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans leaves St. Stanislaus Kotska Church after his funeral, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Adams, Mass. Evans was killed this month when a driver struck him and another officer at a barricade outside the Senate. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN — THE BERKS

  • Law enforcement personnel line the streets as the hearse carrying the casket of Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans arrives at St. Stanislaus Kotska Church for his funeral on Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Adams, Mass. Evans was killed this month when a driver struck him and another officer at a barricade outside the Senate. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN — THE BERKS

  • Capitol Police Officers carry the casket of their fellow officer, the late William "Billy" Evans into St. Stanislaus Kotska Church in Adams, Mass., for his funeral on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans was killed this month when a driver struck him and another officer at a barricade outside the Senate. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN — THE BERKS

  • Capitol Police Officers carry the casket of their fellow officer, the late William "Billy" Evans into St. Stanislaus Kotska Church in Adams, Mass., for his funeral on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans was killed this month when a driver struck him and another officer at a barricade outside the Senate. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN — THE BERKS

  • Members of the Massachusetts state police, below, line the street as mourners for the late U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, depart St. Stanislaus Kostka Church following a funeral Mass, in Adams, Mass., Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Pallbearers from the U.S. Capitol Police carry the casket of William "Billy" Evans from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church following a funeral Mass, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Adams, Mass. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • People display American flags as a hearse, center, carrying the coffin of the late U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, left, drives though downtown Adams, Mass., following a funeral Mass for Evans, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Shannon Terranova, center left, wife of the late U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, carries her daughter Abigail Evans, 7, while departing St. Stanislaus Kostka Church with Evan's mother Janice Evans, left, following a funeral Mass for her husband, in Adams, Mass., Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • A woman, center, places her hand on her chest as a hearse carrying the coffin of the late U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, right, drives though downtown Adams, Mass., following a funeral Mass for Evans, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • A hearse carrying the coffin of the late U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, left, drives past people holding flags while escorted by motorcycles though Adams, Mass., following a funeral Mass for Evans, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Shannon Terranova, center right, wife of late U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans, carries her daughter, Abigail Evans, 7, while walking with her son, Logan Evans, 9, and Evans’ mother, Janice Evans, left, as they depart St. Stanislaus Kostka Church following a funeral Mass for her husband, in Adams, Thursday. AP PHOTO

  • Janice Evans, center, mother of the late U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, walks behind a casket holding her son while departing St. Stanislaus Kostka Church following a funeral Mass, in Adams, Mass., Thursday, April 15, 2021. Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

Published: 4/15/2021 8:44:33 PM

ADAMS (AP) — The flag-draped casket of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans was carried into a Massachusetts church on Thursday by his fellow Capitol officers as dozens of state police troopers stood in the street in a steady downpour and saluted.

Evans was killed this month when a driver struck him and another officer at a barricade outside the U.S. Senate in Washington.

The private funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Adams was followed early Thursday afternoon by a procession to Bellevue Cemetery — where Evans was to be laid to rest beside his father, Howard.

Hundreds of police officers from department across the region lined up outside the church before the Mass under a U.S. flag held aloft by an Adams Fire Department ladder truck. Several residents stood under umbrellas nearby and gathered on the streets for the funeral procession to the cemetery to say goodbye to the officer whose death has shaken the small communities in the northwest corner of the state.

Evans, 41, was raised in North Adams and Clarksburg and was a graduate of Drury High School and Western New England University in Springfield.

North Adams has about 14,000 residents, Adams 8,500, and Clarksburg has only about 1,700. Everybody knows just about everyone else in town, and if they don’t know them, they still share a hometown bond.

“This poor young man lost his life serving his country,” Adams resident Judy McConnell, who said she knows Evans’ mother, told The Berkshire Eagle. “His mother’s heart must be broken. Coming out is the right thing to do to respect people who put their lives on the line every day.”

“It shouldn’t have happened but it did,” Adams resident Greg Trottier told The Boston Globe. “Everybody was in shock. In a big city or something like that it’s different, but when it happens somewhere like here — it’s just terrible. I didn’t personally know him, but I’m just here to pay my respects.”

Evans had served with the U.S. Capitol Police since 2003.

“He has been a member of the First Responder Unit for over 15 years and assigned at the North Barricade, where his fellow officers came to lovingly call him ‘King of the North,’” according to his obituary.

Even when he moved to Virginia, he maintained his loyalty to the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, and participated in bowling and baseball leagues for his entire life.

He also loved board games.

“He spread his love of games to his family, with vacations spent around a table sharing laughs, critiquing strategies, and celebrating each other’s wins,” according to the obituary.

He lay in honor Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda, where President Joe Biden in a eulogy said he was “defined by his dignity, his decency, his loyalty and his courage.”

Survivors include his children, Logan, 9, and Abigail, 7; their mother, Shannon Terranova; his mother, Janice; and his sister, Julie Kucyn.




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