Merica Moonshine Walker was born the only child of his fathers third wife. Abandoned at birth by his mother and dumped in the arms of his seven year old sister, life was tough for young Moonshine. His older sister, Liberty Mae, tried her best, but a seven year old shouldn't have to raise a child. The youngest of five to a single father, love and attention weren't exactly in high supply. An angry child, Moonshine was quick to anger, and even quicker to pick a fight. He won as many fights as he lost, but the ones he didn't win, he knew his older brothers wouldn't lose.
When Moonshine was just a boy, his father introduced him to the family business, as well as his namesake, moonshining. The Walkers had been distilling moonshine in the woods near the family farm for generations. Moonshine's father Jethro used to joke that alcohol ran in their veins instead of blood. He learned every step of the distilling process from his father, from growing the corn, to gathering pure water from the stream near the still. Moonshine valued the time working alongside his father for it was the only real quality time they spent together. Although he'd never say it, he wasn't all that interested in making moonshine.
What really got his blood pumping was bootlegging. Ever since he was old enough to hold a wrench, his hands were seldom free of oil and gasoline. Cars, tractors, farm equipment, there wasn't an engine on the farm that Moonshine hadn't taken apart and rebuilt. He'd like to brag that there wasn't cop in the county that could outrun him in his suped up Dodge Charger.
When not working on his car or running moonshine, he spent his time hunting and fishing with his older brothers and sister. Despite the large age differences and different mothers they all grew inseparable.
Soon after a family dispute arose over the stream used in the moonshine operation, Jethro was found dead nearby his still. When their fathers family came and forcefully sized their land and home, the siblings took up arms against their fathers brothers and a bloody gunfight ensued. During the fighting, the oldest brother, Freedom, was gravely injured. The siblings decided to cut their losses and make a break for it before any of them lost their lives.
After fleeing the farm, the Walker siblings were taken in by a family friend, a Russian immigrant who had fled Chernarus due to the civil war in 2009. He told the Walkers about Deer Island, a land ripe with fish and game, and most importantly far away the family that was looking to kill them. The Walkers pooled together their savings what money they could gather and bought a small piece of land near Kozlovka Sobor and made their way to their new home in January 2016.
The family lived and survived off the land, rarely making trips into the cities except for by needs of necessity. Bartering their animal pelts, meats, fish and vegetables for any money/items they may need. The family lived peacefully until July 2017 when everything began to change. The small island saw many new inhabitants throughout the summer as people began to flee the fighting on the mainland.
All hell broke loose after the massive attacks on both the mainland and Kamenogorsk harbor. Refugees poured onto the island by the boatload. Siblings Freedom and Liberty attempted to help the CDF by supplying fish and wild game to the refugees in quarantine. However, when the quarantine collapsed and refugees and infected alike flooded the shoreline the family retreated to the less populated northern half of the island where they knew they'd have a better chance of survival.
After the infected quickly overran the island, the Walker siblings kept to the most remote portions of the island, relying on their hunting skills and strength as a family to stay alive.