Born in: Madrid
Age: 37
Offspring: 0
Marital status: Married
Job: Manager in a consultancy
Date of the attack: 11/03/2004
Place of the attack: Madrid
Weapon: Others explosives
Killed by: Islamic terrorism


Each morning at 7.30 am, Vicente Marín Chiva boarded the same suburban train to Atocha, where he worked as a manager in a consultancy firm. He left behind a wife, whom he had married two years before. He was a keen fan of Atlético de Madrid and of the singer Joaquín Sabina. On hearing the news, the singer sent his widow a bouquet of flowers with the message: “Like a brave bullfighter on the other side of the iron curtain”.

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 blast killed one of the officers, bringing the total number of people killed by the 11 March killers to 192.