An 18-year-old American Capitol Policeman killed while on duty is remembered as a man who loved baseball and golf and was proud of one particular title: Dad.

41-year-old William “Billy” Evans was killed on Friday when Evans and another officer were hit by a vehicle just 100 yards from the Capitol. Authorities said 25-year-old driver Noah Green came out of the car with a knife and was shot. Investigators believe Green was delusional and was increasingly suicidal. Capitol police released some personal details about Evans, saying his family requested privacy.

Evans, a father of two, grew up in North Adams, Massachusetts, a major city of about 13,000 in the northwestern part of the state.

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Jason LaForest knew Evans for over 30 years. He Evans’ older sister was a friend of Julie’s, and remembers Evans as a prankster who ensured that the subject of her jokes was also laughed at.

LaForest, a counselor in the city of North Adams, said, “As a young child, Billy was the younger brother of one of my best friends.” But the joy of seeing him grow up and become a talented athlete and dedicated police officer Was, and of course, the role in life that he loved the most, being a father. “

A procession carries the remains of a US Capitol police officer who was killed after a man collided in a car of two officers at a barricade outside the US Capitol.  Police identified the Gir officer as William "Billy" Evans.

A procession carries the remains of a US Capitol police officer who was killed after a man collided in a car of two officers at a barricade outside the US Capitol. Police identified the Gir officer as William “Billy” Evans.
(US Capitol Police)

Sports, especially baseball, were another important part of Evans’ life.

“He There is a long line of family members who love baseball and especially the Boston Red Sox, “LaForest said.”He Excelled in baseball and enjoyed playing baseball most of his life. This is a passion he instilled in his children. “

Evans’ father, Howard, died about seven years ago. His mother Janice still lives in Massachusetts.

He Attended Western New England University, graduating in 2002 as a criminal justice major. He The following year joined the Capitol Police.

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University President Robert E. Johnson said in a statement that Evans was a member of the school’s baseball and bowling teams and the board of campus activities. He Said that Evans’ friends at the university described him as “very welcoming and sociable, polite and always willing to help others”.

John Claffey, a professor of criminal justice, said that when news of Evans’ death first aired, he had the impression that he knew that smile. “I immediately said such a face that I recognize,” Claffey said.

He Remembered Evans as a student who knew what he wanted to do – a “very focused child.”

Noah Green, suspect in an attack on April 2 in the US Capitol.

Noah Green, suspect in an attack on April 2 in the US Capitol.

Over the weekend, Claffey received four calls from alumni who just wanted to talk to him about Evans.

“It has shaken the world of a lot of people,” he said. “A lot of people from western New England, who haven’t been here for 18 years, it’s still impacting them.”

Evans died in the Capitol Police 6 months after the January 5 riots in which five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknik, were killed. He He died the day after the rebellion.

The lawmakers issued a wave of statements offering their condolences and gratitude to Evans after the attack. Capitol Hill affiliates and members of the Press Corps who cover Capitol Hill were also weighed, remembering them as friendly and professional.

LaForest said that Evans never wanted to be known as a hero.

“He Wanted to serve his country as a Capitol Police Officer and looked forward to seeing the MPs and visitors coming to the Capitol every day, many of whom became Billy’s friends in large part because of his good-natured prudence. “And, unfortunately, Billy paid the ultimate price while protecting his country.”