WASHINGTON (CBS) – The commemoration of the murdered US Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans was held at the US Capitol on Tuesday morning attended by lawmakers and President Biden. In a speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Evans’s daughter accidentally dropped a model of the US Parliament building to the floor. Without hesitation, President Biden got up from his seat, picked up the toy and handed it to his daughter Evans.
The touching moment drew laughter from his family and from Speaker Pelosi, who spoke at the time it happened. “Nobody has a bigger compliment than the President of the United States is taking care of your toys,” said Pelosi.
The president was present at the memorial to pay homage to Officer Evans, who died earlier this month when a man drove a car into Evans and another officer was stationed near the checkpoint. Security outside the Capitol. Biden sent a eulogy to Evans and noted that he understood the family’s pain after losing his first wife and a child in a car accident and his son Beau suffering from brain cancer.
“My prayer for you all is that one day will come when you have that memory and you smile before you cry,” Biden said. “I promise you it will come. It just took a while. Your son, your husband, your brother, your dad is a hero. And he’s part of you. It’s in your blood. My prayer for you is the moment a smile comes before a tear, faster, then longer. “