Axe murderer kills man and two women at Madrid law firm

A man and two women were brutally murdered at a lawyer's office in Madrid on Wednesday evening.

Axe murderer kills man and two women at Madrid law firm
Police and emergency services outside the law firm. Screen grab: Atlas News

The bodies of one man, aged 42, and two women, aged 31 and 35, were found on Wednesday in a lawyer's office in the Madrid neighbourhood of Usera. 

One of the victims had had her throat slit, another had been attacked with an axe and the third had been hit on the head with a blunt object.

Emergency services arrived at the scene after someone called and reported a fire at around 6.30pm. It was then that they discovered the three bodies. The fire was caused by some papers being set alight in the office and was quickly extinguished. 

The male victim was found in cardiac arrest, and despite working to revive him for 30 minutes, paramedics eventually pronounced him dead.

“The bodies showed signs of having been burned,” a witness told El País. “They were very red and were black in places.” 

The law firm – Euroasia – is that of a Peruvian lawyer who, according to Spanish media, was a public prosecutor in Peru. It specializes in immigration issues.

One of the women has been named as Marisa O. R, 35-years-old, originally from Cuba. She was well known in the neighbourhood and locals gathered outside the law firm in shock on Wednesday night. 

“She was always smiling and always said hello to everyone,” a local told El País. 

The other two bodies have not yet been identified and forensic experts are currently working on the scene.

Sources close to the investigation told Efe that the two murdered women were employees of the law firm while the murdered man was Ecuadorian and was “most probably a client”. 

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Man sets himself ablaze outside Morocco consulate in Madrid

A man was seriously injured after setting himself on fire outside the Moroccan consulate in Madrid on Tuesday, police and diplomatic sources told AFP.

Man sets himself ablaze outside Morocco consulate in Madrid

It took place in a northeastern district of the Spanish capital at around midday and the man was taken to hospital in a serious condition, the emergency services said.

“We treated a man who had suffered serious burns and took him to La Paz hospital,” an emergency services spokesman told AFP.

Police sources confirmed the man “had set himself on fire outside the Moroccan consulate” but were unable to give further details.

Details of the incident were confirmed by a Moroccan diplomatic source.

“The person set himself on fire next to the consulate. We have no idea why
he did it. It happened very quickly,” the source told AFP.

“There was no contact with the consulate, it happened just outside.”

Unconfirmed media reports said the man was a Moroccan national in his 40s,
with an eyewitness telling Spain’s RTVE public television he saw what happened
while driving past.

“I saw him running and there were people behind him trying to pull his clothes off,” said the witness, who gave his name as Rasheed, adding that he saw someone running over with a fire extinguisher to try and put out the flames.

“From the way the flames were starting from his head, I think he had poured
petrol over himself.”