Carlos Alberto García Presa was 24 years old and had a degree in Business Administration and Management. He had won a place at the Institute of Foreign Trade in a civil service exam and had been working there for a little under a year. He loved culture and especially history. Carlos was extremely meticulous. When his father saw television pictures of the attack, he immediately knew that his son had been killed, because he always got in the same carriage.
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.