Joe Biden and wife Jill go to church early in the morning to mark 48th anniversary of death of his first wife Neilia and daughter Naomi
- President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden attended a morning church service Friday marking the 48th anniversary of his wife and daughter’s death
- On December 18, 1972, the president-elect’s first wife Neilia and baby daughter Naomi were killed in an accident with a tractor-trailer
- The 30-year-old Biden had been elected to the U.S. Senate just weeks before
- The soon-to-be first couple along with daughter Ashley Biden and her husband Howard Krein went to mass at Brandywine Roman Catholic Church
- Neilia, Naomi and Hunter Biden, who died of cancer in 2015, are all buried in the cemetery on church grounds
On December 18, 1972, just weeks after Biden won election to the U.S. Senate at the age of 29, Neilia was driving with the couple’s three children – Beau, Hunter and baby daughter Naomi – when she was hit by a tractor-trailer truck and killed.
Naomi also perished in the accident, while Beau and Hunter were seriously injured.
President-elect Joe Biden (left) and his wife Jill Biden (right) walk toward the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church on Friday. Biden’s first wife Neilia, his daughter Naomi and son Hunter are all buried on church grounds
President-elect Joe Biden (left), Howard Krein (center left), Jill Biden (center right) and Ashley Biden (right) are seen departing church services on Friday
President-elect Joe Biden (left), Howard Krein (center left), Jill Biden (center right) and Ashley Biden (right) depart a church service Friday at the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church
Joe Biden (left), Howard (center left), Ashley Biden (center right) and Jill Biden (right) are photographed leaving church services Friday morning
Joe and Jill Biden are captured walking through the cemetery where his first wife Neilia, baby daugher Naomi and Hunter Biden are all buried
Forty-eight years ago Neilia Biden’s car was hit broadside by a tractor-trailer, an accident that killed her and the couple’s baby daughter Naomi and seriously injured sons Hunter and Beau
The accident happened just weeks after Joe Biden (left) won a U.S. Senate seat at the age of 29. Here Neilia (center) speaks on election night as she holds daughter Naomi (right)
Neilia (top right) is seen cutting her husband Joe Biden’s (top left) 30th birthday cake on November 20, 1972. By turning age 30, Biden was now able to become a U.S. senator. Less than a month later, Neilia and daughter Naomi were killed in a car accident
Neilia, Naomi and also Beau, who died of cancer in 2015, are all buried in the cemetery outside the Bidens’ church.
The Bidens went to mass at the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church a little after 7 a.m. Friday and stayed a little over 30 minutes.
They were accompanied by daughter Ashley and her husband Howard Krein.
Jill Biden was wearing a pale pink coat as the soon-to-be first couple made their way through the snow.
After the church service, the transition called a ‘lid,’ meaning Biden wouldn’t be leaving his Delaware home the rest of the day.
The church service ended a week when Biden saw his win cemented by Monday’s Electoal College vote.
On Tuesday, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Biden on the Senate floor for his win.
Soon afterward, Biden called McConnell to thank him for his words.
Biden also traveled to Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday to stump for Democratic Senate hopefuls Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
He introduced his pick for Transportation Secretary, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday.
Biden pleased tribal leaders and progressive activists Thursday when the news broke that he had selected Rep. Deb Haaland, one of two Native American women serving in Congress, to lead the Interior Department.
Next week, Biden is set to receive the coronavirus vaccine – and said he would get the injection in front of cameras.
This comes after the news that incoming senior White House adviser Cedric Richmond, a U.S. congressman from Louisiana, tested positive for COVID-19.
Richmond was in Atlanta Tuesday with Biden, but wore a mask and traveled separately. A journalist on that trip, who also traveled on a separate plane, also tested positive for the virus.