William Evans is awarded one of the highest honors given by Congress to civilians.
The body of a Capitol police officer who died Friday after a man with a knife plowed into police officers in a car will be displayed next week for a farewell in the Capitol rotunda, Congressional leaders said Tuesday.
William Evans, an 18-year-old Capitol police officer who raised two children, died in hospital after being hit by a car, the Metropolitan police said.
“We hope that this gesture will be a comfort to Officer Evans’ family, especially his children Logan and Abigail, as well as the fact that so many Americans are grieving and praying for them at this sad time,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
The coffin with the body of the deceased officer will be delivered to the rotunda on the morning of April 13, after which it will be displayed there for farewell.
The display of a coffin for a solemn farewell is one of the highest honors bestowed by Congress on civilians. Since the beginning of this tradition in 1998, five people have been awarded this honor.
Three of them were Capitol police officers who died in the Capitol attacks, including Brian Sicknick, who died from wounds sustained on January 6 when hundreds of Donald Trump supporters stormed into the building.
As a result of the incident that took place last Friday, another Capitol police officer was injured.