Juan Luis García, 17, was training to be a painter at the Fuencarral Workshop School. His dream was to set up his own business and find a place of his own. He lived in Parla, from where he used to get the suburban train. On the morning of 11 March, his father dropped him off at the station, where he met a friend, Adrian. He was killed in the explosions at Atocha station. For years afterwards, his brother Jorge, who was eight years old at the time, was afraid to sleep alone.
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.