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Born in: Euskadi
Age: 62
Offspring: 3
Marital status: Married
Job: Lawyer
Date of the attack: 06/02/1996
Place of the attack: Donostia
Guilties: José Javier Arizkuren Ruíz, Valentín Lasarte Oliden, Francisco Javier García Gaztelu, Jose Luis Aguirre Lete, Irantzu Gallastegi Sodupe
Weapon: Pistola
Killed by: ETA

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Fernando Múgica had been a historical leader of the socialist party in Gipuzkoa from the 1950s, when it had operated underground. His brother, Enrique Múgica, had been the Minister of Justice in Felipe González’s government. Fernando knew he was on ETA’s hitlist and yet, when his wife asked him to leave the Basque Country, he said he refused to leave his land in the hands of killers. Two years earlier, in 1994, the live-in bodyguard service he had been provided with since 1984 had been stood down, because, according to the authorities, they did not have enough personnel. At around 1.30 pm on 6 February 1996, he was walking along Calle San Martín to a car park beside his office when he was approached by two ETA gunmen. One of them shot him in the back of the neck, killing him instantly. His son José María was on the same street at the time and on hearing the shot, went towards his father. As he was approaching the scene, the terrorists, who were making their getaway, pointed their guns at him. Múgica was 62 years old and was married to Mapi de las Heras. He had three children and had become a grandfather just four months he died.

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