Alicia Cano had been a widow for 37 years. That weekend, she planned to accompany her daughter Gema to Las Ventas con Peña Aguilera, her father’s home town. She had always told her daughter that it was important to be aware of one’s origins. She used to say that she was happy if her children were. She enjoyed cooking for them, scolded them and gave them errands to do. That morning she left a note for her daughter Gema, “Don’t forget to fold your socks”. She was killed on the train that was blow up beside Calle Téllez.
11 March 2004 fell on a Thursday. Early that morning, a number of terrorists with links to Al-Qaeda planted thirteen bombs on four suburban trains covering routes running through Madrid. Ten of the bombs exploded between 7.37 and 7.39 am, when the trains were at Atocha, El Pozo and Santa Eugenia stations and alongside Calle Téllez. 191 people were killed in the attack and around 1,500 were wounded. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Spanish history. On 3 April 2004, agents from the Special Operations Group (GEO) were about to enter an apartment in Leganés where the perpetrators of the attacks were believed to be hiding when the terrorists detonated twenty kilograms of explosives in an act of collective suicide. The blast killed one of the officers, bringing the total number of people killed by the 11 March killers to 192.