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Mourners Pay Respects to Beau Biden



    Hundreds Gather to Offer Condolences for Beau Biden

    People gathered at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington to offer their condolences to the friends and family of Beau Biden who served as Delaware's attorney general and was the son of Vice President Joe Biden. Beau Biden died of brain cancer on Saturday at the age of 46. (Published Friday, June 5, 2015)

    Mourners gathered at a Catholic church in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday to pay their respects to former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer last week at the age of 46.

    A daylong public viewing was held Friday for Biden, eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua church. On Thursday, Beau Biden lay in honor in the state Senate chamber in Dover.

    Mourners began lining up outside the church even before Biden's flag-draped casket arrived shortly after noon. Viewing hours were to be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    A funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony on Saturday, with President Barack Obama giving a eulogy.

    Joe Biden and his family greeted mourners Friday in a receiving line next to his son's casket as sunlight streamed through the stained-glass windows of the church.

    Among those who came to pay their respects Friday were Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and U.S. senators representing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Indiana.