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Description

Born in: Euskadi
Age: 48
Offspring: 5
Marital status: Married
Job: Taxi driver
Date of the attack: 23/05/1978
Weapon: Pistola
Killed by: BVE

Description

Around midnight on 23 May 1978, taxi driver Martín Merquelán’s wife began to be concerned when he did not return home. She contacted his colleagues, who told her he had left the taxi stand with a client. At half past twelve, the other drivers reported Martin’s disappearance to the police. Shortly afterwards his car was found abandoned with the doors open in Pasajes. His body was found on the road from Oyarzun to Castillo del Inglés with bruising, four broken fingers, and signs of having been beaten. He also had two bullet wounds to the head.

Merquelán was 48 years old and married with five children. It was initially thought that he had been killed by ETA, but the murder was finally attributed to the Spanish Basque Battalion (Batallón Vasco Español).