On the morning of 11 March, Luis Rodríguez, aged 40, took the train from Santa Eugenia station to go to his job on Calle Alcalá. He had a degree in law and was working at the department of social affairs of the Autonomous Community of Madrid. He was shortly planning to sit an internal civil service examination. He had been married for twelve years and had two daughters aged nine and three. He was killed in the explosions at El Pozo station.
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.