Miguel de Luna studied topography because he had always been a “pure science man”. His brother Jaime remembered him as “sensible, discreet and patient person”. He was also a great animal lover: He kept two cats at his parents’ house, one of which he had personally rescued, and for some time had taken in a sick and abandoned greyhound until the vet found a home for the dog. He was also fond of hiking, mountain-biking and collecting watches. However, his greatest love was for the music of Frank Sinatra and he had all of the singer’s records. He was killed on 11 March at Atocha 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.