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Description

Born in: Euskadi
Age: 55
Offspring: 5
Marital status: Married
Job: Lieutenant Colonel Pharmacist
Date of the attack: 13/09/1980
Place of the attack: Durango
Weapon: Pistola
Killed by: ETA

Description

Two terrorists, a man and a woman, entered the family-run pharmacy on the pretext of wanting to have a blood sample tested, saying that they thought the woman might be pregnant. As José María Urquizu was leaning over the microscope, he was shot in the back of the head at close range. He died instantly. In protest at the murder of the lieutenant colonel, all the pharmacies in Durango closed their doors. Years later, his children revealed that their father had refused to pay extorison money (the so-called “revolutionary tax”) to ETA. José María Urquizu’s widow, Merecedes Aranaga, died four years later. Their son Javier says that the bullets that killed his father also killed his mother “in slow motion”.