Georgeta Dima had come to Spain in 2002 without a word of Spanish. She had left her ten-year-old son behind in her native from Romania. She hoped to find employment and support her family. She initially lived with friends in Coslada, but soon afterwards started to earn enough money to afford a room of her own. She sent most of her wages back home, though she had been unable to travel back to Romania because she did not have a residence permit in Spain.
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.