Shortly after half past eight on the morning of 24 May 2001, the financial director of El Diario Vasco newspaper, Santiago Oleaga Elejabarrieta, was shot seven times from behind by two ETA terrorists.
That morning, Santiago had driven to the Fundación Matía medical centre in the El Antiguo district of San Sebastián, which he had been attending for a month for rehabilitation on a shoulder injury contracted while playing pelota. The ETA members were waiting for him close to the medical centre and opened fire on him as soon as he parked his car and got out. Santiago did not have a bodyguard. He had received no threats and was not thought to be on ETA’s hitlist.
Santiago Oleaga was 54 years old and was married with two children. He was born in Durango (Vizcaya), and had been working for the paper for 25 years, first as the head of administration and then as the financial director, a position he held until his death.