Originally from Ciudad Real, Florencio Aguado lived in San Fernando de Henares. He normally took a lift to work with his brother-in-law, but on 11 March he decided to go to work later by train. He was married and had two children. Once he retired, he and his wife, Vicenta, planned to go and live in the beach house they had bought with the money she had saved. “It’s a strange thing, but he always hated the suburban train; he said it always upset him whenever it passed by and so he hardly ever took it”, said Vicenta shortly after the attack. In his home town of Tomelloso, a roundabout was named after him.
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.