Scholarship established in honor of slain Capitol officer

July 4, 2021 GMT

CLARKSBURG, Mass. (AP) — Family and friends from the hometown of slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans are establishing a scholarship and a fundraising golf tournament in his honor.

The Billy Evans Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 2 at Stamford Valley Golf Course in Stamford, Vermont, just across the state line from his hometown of Clarksburg, Massachusetts, Masslive.com reported.

“Just so we have something in remembrance of him back home,” said Michael Bua, a childhood friend of Evans.

Evans, 41, was killed April 2 when he and another officer were struck by a driver ramming a steel barricade near the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. Police shot and killed the driver.

The money raised by the golf tournament will fund the inaugural Billy Evans Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Berkshire County high school seniors who reflect Evans’ values: strong character, loyalty, and commitment to the community.

Evans was a graduate of Drury High School and Western New England University in Springfield.

Bua said organizers have already heard from police in Washington and from Evans’ friends from college who are interested in participating.