Biden and wife Jill go to church to mark 48th anniversary of death of his first wife and daughter

President-elect Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden attended an early morning church service Friday to mark the 48th anniversary of the president-elect’s first wife and baby daughter’s death.    

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) 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) 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) are seen departing church services on Friday

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

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

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 Biden (left), Howard (center left), Ashley Biden (center right) and Jill Biden (right) are photographed leaving church services Friday morning

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

Joe and Jill Biden are captured walking through the cemetery where his first wife Neilia, baby daugher Naomi and Hunter Biden are all buried

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

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

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)

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)

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 (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 (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.   

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