Marta del Río was the mother of two children, an eleven-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy. She had been going out with her workmate, Francisco Quesada Bueno, for a year and a half. He would often go to the San Eugenia district to pick her up and they would catch the suburban train together. There they often met Marta’s sister, Nuria del Río, and a colleague of hers. The four were killed on the train that was blown up beside Calle Téllez.
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.