Born to Daniel Louis (Father) and Rada Louis (Mother), René was born into a very religious household. As is common in Haiti, they practiced Roman Catholicism through and through to the point that his father was totally involved in the Religious community of Port-au-Prince. However, they were not only Catholics from birth. Vodou, an old religion that is only actively practiced by 1 in every thousand people in Haiti, was practiced religiously in their household. Their house, as well as those of their neighbors, was renowned in Port-au-Prince as one of the few places where tourists could go to actually experience Vodou and its many practices. However, as with all Vodouists, most of the rituals were blocked off from the populous, restricted to the families who actually practiced the religion or who were committed to do so. So, in essence, René was raised as both a minister and a Houngan, a fact that he used to his advantage.
Haiti, being a relatively poor country compared to the US had a much higher emigration rate than it had an immigration rate. One of those emigrants in the humble year of 1979 was René. He moved to Louisiana that year. Specifically, he moved down into New Orleans which had a very large Haitian population at the time. At this time, he took a job as a Pastor at the local church and still spent time practicing Vodou on the side as the two religions tend to carry a lot of similarities. After he grew into retirement age, he moved into the inner city of New Orleans and spent his time quietly selling religious products (like crosses) and Vodou-based tourist attractions (like fake shrunken heads and strangely painted skulls). One day, though, while practicing a minor routine ritual of placing offerings to the loa to defend his house from evil spirits and those with evil intentions, he heard a strange voice. Believing it to be the voice of his ancestors, he listened closely. The voice, though faint, told him that the world was in turmoil and soon, there would be a great disturbance occurring in Russia and Chernarus. René made it a point to listen to this "ancestor spirit" and immediately left for Chernarus. The rest is history.