Petrica Geneva was known as Pedro, the Spanish translation of his name. Originally from Romania, he had been living in Spain since 2003. He spent the night before the attacks watching football with his girlfriend, his brother and his friends. Although his boss normally drove Petrica and his cousin, Ionut Popathem, to work in his van, on the morning of the attack it had broken down and so they took the train instead. The two men caught the train in Coslada. They were killed in Santa Eugenia 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.