Álvaro Carrión was the first to get up in his home as he had to go to high school. He had recently been operated on for appendicitis and had only been back at school for two days. He would have been 18 years two days later. He was looking forward to celebrating reaching adulthood by voting in the general elections on Sunday’s, when he planned to back the Izquierda Unidad (United Left) party. That morning he said goodbye to his mother, who answered him from bed. He died in the attack at Santa Eugenia station.
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 ensuing blast killed one of the officers, bringing the total number of people killed by the 11 March bombers to 192.