Father Amando López was born in 1936 in Burgos, Spain.  He spent much of his time in Central America in Nicaragua and was very active there before and shortly after the Sandinista revolution when he helped many suffering individuals. In 1984, Father  López moved back to El Salvador to teach philosophy and theology at the University of Central America. He also served as a pastor to the poor community in Tierra Virgen near Soyapango.

When asked how he felt about leaving San Salvador Farther López  responded: “But our hope is not in leaving, it is here. If I leave, the crisis will stay. Here I may be able to effect change.” Father Amando López was killed on November 16, 1989 along with seven others in El Salvador for refusing to stop voicing concerns over the human rights issues of the poor.