On the morning of 11 March, Florencio Brasero wished his wife a happy birthday, kissed her and gave her a gift of a bracelet. She has not taken it off since. Meanwhile their children had bought two sweaters to give Florencio for Father’s Day. His daughter was studying for her exams and before leaving, he wished her good luck. He was a Real Madrid supporter and later that week was planning to go to Barcelona to see his team playing in the final of the Copa del Rey. Florencio died on the train that was blown up at Santa Eugenia station.
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.