Thirteen years after the 2004 Madrid bomb attacks, Spain was again targeted by jihadist terrorists. At around 5 pm on 17 August 2017, Younes Abouyaaqoub drove a van down the Paseo de las Ramblas in Barcelona, hitting large numbers of people in the central pedestrian area of the street, from the Plaza de Cataluña to the “Pavimento Miró”. Fifteen people were killed in the attack —including two children aged 3 and 7— and another 131 were injured. The Jihadist terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack through its news agency, Amaq.
Jared Alton Tucker was holidaying with his wife in Europe to mark their wedding anniversary when he was killed in the mass terrorist attack. Before travelling to Barcelona, the couple had visited Paris and Venice. In a statement to the media, his wife said “Jared has the most magnetic personality of anybody you will ever meet”. “He is fun and you want to be around him, and people love him… He would do anything for any one of his friends”. Jared Tucker’s family launched a crowdfunding site to pay for his funeral costs. They raised over 25,000 dollars.