Alois Martina was 27 years old and had been working as a builder’s labourer in Spain for three years, although he had yet to be granted a residence permit. He had left his native Romania in search of a better future for himself and his family, to whom he sent back as much money as he could each month. He was the eldest of eight siblings. His parents were in ill health and were unable to work. He was due to marry his girlfriend in August. on 11 March they both took the train, together with another friend. Alois’s girlfriend alighted in Vicálvaro. From there, she heard the explosion that killed the two men.
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.