Marcus is from Watts, Los Angeles, California. He was raised in poverty and at the age of seven saw both his mother and father murdered in a drive-by that was done on the wrong people. Marcus was sent through foster care, most of his childhood and teenage years. He excelled at physical activity and at the age of nineteen applied to become and LEO officer in Los Angeles. After successfully completing his academy training his life as an officer was short lived, after only a year, Marcus was fired.
Marcus spent the next few years going from job to job but his morale had been shot, causing him to go into depression. Marcus, on a whim, won a cruise ship for two, after just splitting from his girlfriend not 2 months beforehand decided to bring his nephew along.
While on the cruise ship with his nephew, the ship struck a rock formation just off the coast of South Zagoria. The ship, only hours later sank to the bottom of the ocean. Marcus managed to get on a lifeboat but his nephew was no where to be seen. There were three other people that also managed to get to the same lifeboat. When they reached shore hours later the group were dehydrated due to the intense heat and lack of shelter while on the boat. Upon leaving the beach where they had come ashore, they followed the winding roads to the nearest town / community. The place was deserted, there was no one in sight. The band, starving and dehyrdated went through houses one by one, finding food and water.
A scream was heard across the road, Maria, one of the other survivors of the cruise had ran into an infected and had been bitten. Macrus and the other two survivors ran to her aid and another survivor, Victor, was also bitten. They made shelter in the house nearest to them and waited out the night, the house only had a single room and a one single bed. After a quick game, Marcus had won the right to sleep in the bed. The group tended to Maria and Victors wounds and then laid down for some much needed rest.
The morning after Marcus was awoken to weird growls and water sounded like splashing water. When he opened the door he was met with the sight of Maria and Victor, now fully infected, eating away at the body of Alan, the other male survivor. Marcus grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Maria in the head, he ran out the door, closing it behind him, trapping Victor in the house.
Since then, Marcus has been scavenging food and studying the infected, he spends his days learning how they react then retreating to a make shift hammock he strung together, where he tries and fails to sleep as he tries to comprehend the world he currently lives in, hoping he will wake up from this nightmare.