In 1982, Edith Lagos was a young 19-year-old guerrilla fighter and commander in the People's Guerrilla Army and a member of the Communist Party of Peru. She led a small detachment of guerrillas to blow a hole in the Ayacucho jail which freed all of the prisoners, including captured revolutionaries, and seized weapons. Edith was later captured by the police in Ayacucho and bayoneted to death.
The government declared her funeral an illegal gathering. However, 30,000 people came to her funeral in Ayacucho—a town of only 70,000 people. Her tomb was later bombed by the Rodrigo Franco Command.