Rafael Leiva and his colleague Domingo Durán were on duty in the passport and ID document office in the centre of Bilbao when two ETA members entered the premises and fired several rounds. Rafael was shot several times in the head and died. His colleague Domingo was left quadriplegic by the shooting, leading eventually to his death eight years later.
Durán spent a month and a half in the ICU at Basurto hospital and a further year in the Paraplegic Hospital in Toledo. His wife, Manoli Barrena, bought a house in Santoña where they spent their final years.