On the evening of 24 March 1973, Jorge Juan García Carneiro, José Humberto Fouz Escobero and Fernando Quiroga Veiga crossed the border between Spain and France to see Last Tango in Paris in the French town of Biarritz. On leaving the cinema, the three friends went to have a drink at a bar on the outskirts of St-Jean-de-Luz, where some ETA terrorists mistook them for members of the police and decided to kidnap them. According to available evidence, they were later tortured and killed. Their bodies were never found.
Fernando Quiroga Veiga (25) had come to Irún (Guipúzcoa) in February 1972, from Galicia, a year after his friend Humberto Fouz. He soon found work at a customs agency and moved into Humberto’s sister and brother-in-law’s home.