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Biden marks anniversary of 1972 car crash that killed his wife and daughter

President Joe Biden on Saturday commemorated the forty ninth anniversary of the car crash that killed his first wife and toddler daughter, visiting their graves on the Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church.

Their deaths occurred simply after Delaware voters elected Mr. Biden to the Senate in 1972 and the deadly car crash turned a defining second that has formed his persona and profession.

His sons Beau and Hunter, ages 4 and 3 on the time, had been significantly injured however survived the crash. His wife Neilia and 13-month-old daughter Naomi died after their car was broadsided whereas they had been en route to select up a Christmas tree.



President Joe Biden and first woman Jill Biden stroll from St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, December 18, 2021.

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The tragedy haunted him in the beginning of his Senate profession and has been a touchstone of his presidency, with Mr. Biden not too long ago opening a speech in Minnesota by noting how two of that state’s former senators helped him cope.

Mr. Biden later remarried, Jill, and added daughter Ashley to his household. Both joined him on the church Saturday, as did Hunter and his household amongst others.


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