Andre Shaw grew up in the Ghettos of New York. Having almost nothing in life, he had to work hard to get what he wanted. Learning as a young child that manipulating people into doing his dirty work for him would help him get what he desired without getting the blame.
Andre lived in a community home, with other African-American men, women and children that didn't have anything in the world. Dre got caught up in drugs, growing and dealing and eventually went on to becoming one of the biggest dealers in the area, even at times, having more business than the dealers from the local Mafia. Dre knew that if he played his cards right, he could send the cops after one of the Mafia's dealers, set them up, and hopefully take their place in the Mafia, where he would be looked after and be living a better life.
Dre organised to meet up with one of the Mafia dealers, and sent an anonymous tip to the police, and surely enough, the next day, the Mafia dealer Alphonso Lou, was arrested. Within the hour, the Mafia was in contact, an anonymous message from a private number came through on Dre's phone. Meeting place, time, "come alone."
When Dre arrived at the location that was sent to him, an alleyway in downtown New York, a mysterious group of men, all dressed in suits surrounded him in the alleyway. Dre, predicting what was going to happen tried to run, but was knocked out by the mysterious men.
Awaking and trying to run, Dre met eyes with a man, all neat and tidy, sitting in a chair, surrounded by guards. The man before him, was none other than Hampton Lockwood, the GodFather of the Mafia. A man standing next to Hampton spoke, with a deep raspy voice, "You have grown quite a reputation for yourself, Andre Shaw. We would like to offer you the opportunity of a lifetime." Dre recognised this man as Salvatore Emilio. "Let's hear it." Dre said quickly. Salvatore replies, slowly and respectfully "How would you like to join our little family? All you'd have to do, is show us your loyal." Salvatore gestures to a man, chained up, on the other side of the room. "You kill this man, you can join us. You let him live, you can leave. You tell anybody about this, you die." Sal pulls a pistol out of the holster on his hip, and holds it out to Andre. Andre picks up the gun, walking over to the man, looks him dead in the eyes and says "No hard feelings, it's just business." *BANG*. The gun goes off, the wall splatters with blood as the mans now lifeless body drops to the floor and the room fills with silence. Hampton's soft chuckle breaks the silence. "He'll fit right in."
Being a member of the Mafia for the past 3 years, Andre has been working closer with the main family, mainly, Dean Lockwood, the Mafioso and son of the God Father. Andre accompanied the family to Russia and knew little about the reason in which they were going there, other than the God Father said so and Andre had learnt to not ask questions. Shortly after arriving at the location in which the Mafia was brought to, which turned out to be Chernarus, the outbreak happened. During the outbreak, Andre got split off from the younger group of the Mafia and stayed behind to try and help Hampton and the older members of the Mafia survive, but unfortunately was the only survivor of the onslaught that was the horde of Infected that tore apart the group. Andre decided to hide in the shadows and stick to himself until he found the remaining members of the Mafia. Andre was hiding in the shadows and only moving at night to avoid unwanted contact. One night, Andre overheard people talking about Dean Lockwood and the Mafia up North. Knowing they are alive, Andre came out of hiding to search for his group and once again, rejoin his group and protect and serve the Mafiaso Dean, and the Mafia he once knew and was a part of.