Angélica González García, aged 19, was the eldest child and “a much-loved girl”, according to her mother. Her brother, Abraham, was eleven months younger than her. She was a tireless and very hard-working student and was studying English Philology at the Complutense University. She planned to go on to study Classics. In the short-term, her immediate plan was to take a two-month summer course at a university in Dublin. She was killed in the explosions 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.