24-year-old Óscar Gómez Gudiña loved travelling and was always pressing his workmates to join him, even if it only involved going camping. He also liked rallies and motorbikes, although his greatest passion —which he shared with his younger brother— was Real Madrid football club. He had once told his friends, “If I die, I don’t want anyone to be sad; I want them to dress me in the Real Madrid shirt”. He was killed in the explosions at El Pozo station, where he was waiting to take a train to his workplace in Azuqueca de Henares.
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.