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Description

Born in: Castilla y León
Age: 52
Offspring: 5
Marital status: Married
Job: Lieutenant Colonel of Artillery and head of the recruitment area of ​​the Military Government of Vizcaya
Date of the attack: 19/03/1981
Place of the attack: Bilbo
Guilties: Enrique Letona Viteri, José Antonio Borde Gaztelumendi, Sebastián Echániz Alcorta
Weapon: Otros explosivos
Killed by: ETA

Description

Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Rotaeche attended 9:30 am mass at the Basilica of Begoña, near his home. According to eyewitnesses, two ETA members, a man and a woman, were also inside the church. After mass, as the officer was walking out of the basilica, the woman pulled out a pistol and fired a single shot that hit the lieutenant colonel in the back of the head. As he lay in a pool of blood, the two assailants fled on foot. A medical report was issued on the evening of 19 March, stating that the wounded man was in a deep coma. He died two days later from the very serious injuries sustained in the attack.