Miriam Melguizo was 28 years old and had a 9-month-old baby, Lucia. Miriam had recently started going to work early so that shoe could leave earlier and spend more time with her daughter. Every morning she left the child at her parents’ house and went to the financial department of Iberdrola, where she began work at 8.30 am. She lived in Coslada with her husband and was about to take her driving test. She planned to buy a small car.
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.