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Description

Born in: Euskadi
Age: 27
Offspring: 0
Marital status: Single
Job: Librarian and head of Youth Communion Traditionalist of Vizcaya
Date of the attack: 27/12/1978
Place of the attack: Ondarroa
Guilties: Juan Carlos Gorrindo Echeandia, José Antonio Echevarri Ayesta, José María Sagarduy Moja
Weapon: Pistola
Killed by: ETA

Description

José María Arrizabalaga Arcocha (27) had spent a year convalescing after being seriously injured in a parachute accident. He returned to work at the municipal library in Ondárroa on 27 December 1978. At around 6pm, when there were only a couple of children in the building, two individuals entered, forced him to identify himself and shot him. The two children, who were the only witnesses to the crime, ran screaming out of the library. The first adults arrived on the scene at 7.15 pm and found José María’s body. ETA claimed responsibility for the attack two days later and accused the victim of being a “repressive element” and of having participated together with the leader of the Traditionalist Communion (Comunión Tradicionalista), Sixto de Borbón-Parma, in the events at Montejurra in 1976.