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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement honoring the life and sacrifice of Capitol Police Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans:

“Lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda is the highest tribute Congress can pay to our nation’s heroes. This special honor has been extended to three Capitol Police Officers who died in the line of duty since 1998. Today, with heavy hearts and in recognition of his courage and sacrifice, a grateful nation bids farewell to a fourth: Officer Billy Evans.

“The man we mourn today was a guardian. For 18 years, he served in the Capitol Police. He was here to protect Congress, to defend its occupants and the Republic for which it stands. And on Good Friday, that’s exactly what he did. 

“The violent attack targeting Capitol Police by an unhinged individual is the definition of evil. But because of the heroism of Officer Evans, many lives were saved. On that Good Friday, he was the one of whom Jesus spoke when he said, ‘greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ 

“Still, we feel the shock of his loss. We feel the pain. His loss is enormous. What was lost was not only one man, but also his wisdom, his talents, and his experiences.  

“To his family, and especially his two children, Logan and Abigail, we cannot share fully your sadness, but we pray that the special power of today’s tribute will remind you of cherished memories: of laughter, of devotion, and of the joy he brought to your lives. Those memories live on in your hearts and, we pray, will see you through the sorrow of your darkest hours. And know this: you do not mourn alone. We mourn together, as one nation united.  

“We thank our Capitol Police officers for their service and courage every day, and we pray for the full recovery of Officer Ken Shaver who was also injured in the line of duty on Good Friday. Most of all, we remember Officer Evans today as a hero. And we can say of his legacy the highest praise: his calling was noble, his devotion complete.”

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