Hortensia González Ruiz had met her boyfriend, civil guard Antonio Ramírez, at the Villafranca de Ordizia barracks, where her sister and brother-in-law were living. During Christmas 1979, Hortensia travelled to Ordizia to spend a few days holiday with her sister and visit her new boyfriend.
On 6 January (Epiphany), Hortensia and Antonio went to a party in Beasain. As they were leaving, they halted at a Stop sign. 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.