Born in: Euskadi
Age: 42
Offspring: 2
Marital status: Married
Job: Hospitality entrepreneur and insurance broker
Date of the attack: 06/06/1988
Place of the attack: Elgoibar
Guilties: Jesús María Ciganda Sarratea, Juan Carlos Balerdi Iturralde, Fermín Javier Urdain Ciriza y José Maria Beristain Urbieta
Weapon: Gun
Killed by: ETA


Francisco Javier Zabaleta Aizpitarte had been out drinking with friends in a number of bars in Elgóibar. At around 9.25 pm, he was walking along Calle San Francisco with two friends when three ETA terrorists approached him. They pushed his companions to one side and one of them shot Francisco twice. He fell to the ground, fatally injured.

ETA claimed that Zabaleta had links to drug trafficking. A few days earlier, his friend Sebastián Aizpiri had also been murdered in Eibar on the same pretext. In both cases, the claims were unfounded.