A man was taken into custody outside the funeral of Beau Biden at the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, after allegedly throwing coffee onto demonstrators from the Westboro Baptist Church Saturday morning. The arrest took place at 10:12 a.m. EDT, the Delaware News Journal reported.
At time of the incident, three members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, were concluding their picketing outside the Catholic Church in Wilmington, where thousands gathered to pay tribute to the son of Vice President Joe Biden. Beau Biden, 46, died of brain cancer last week.
— Esteban Parra (@eparra3) June 6, 2015
The Westboro Baptist Church targeted Joe Biden with a tweet posted Saturday morning:
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) June 6, 2015
â€” Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) June 6, 2015
"Joe Biden is Delaware, and his son is also Delaware to me," Lisa Rial, a 54-year-old Pennsylvania resident who was in line outside the church, told the Associated Press. "They're synonymous with Delaware."
U.S. President Barack Obama was scheduled to give the eulogy at the service, NBC News reported.