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Description

Born in: Andalucía
Age: 24
Offspring: 0
Marital status: Single
Job: Civil Guard officer
Date of the attack: 06/01/1979
Place of the attack: Beasain
Weapon: Subfusil
Killed by: ETA

Description

Antonio Ramírez Gallardo was a civil guard. He was 24 years old and had been born in the town of Tarifa in Cadiz. When he was 21 years old, he was posted to the barracks in Ordicia where he met Hortensia, aged 20. She was also from Cadiz (the town of San Roque) and had gone to Ordicia to visit her sister and brother in law, who were living in the barracks. At Christmas 1979, Hortensia travelled to Ordicia to spend a few days holidays with her sister and visit her now boyfriend. The couple were planning to get married. On 6 January (Epiphany), they went to a party in a club in Beasain. As they were leaving, they halted at a Stop sign. At that moment, the ETA terrorists came up beside the vehicle and opened fire. The couple were killed instantly: Antonio was shot eight times and Hortensia ten. Antonio fell forward onto the car horn, which continued to blare out for nearly half an hour. During this time, none of the many people leaving the night club came to their aid. Hortensia was the first woman to be killed by ETA because of her association with a member of the security forces.