Ryker grew up middle class in Queens New York. Ryker got his first name becuase his great grandfather was once the warden of the prison on Rikers island, he gets his last name from being born on Valentines day. His father worked for the government and his mother was a nurse. During his time in school he liked cameras and would love to take photos he also liked to write everything down in a journal that would happen, thats some of the reasons why he became a journalist after high school. After graduation he didnt waste anytime he started to work for a local news company. After about 4 years of working for this news company he leanred about the events going on in a foreign country and he wanted to know all about it. So he took a plane to Chernarus to investigate war crimes. While doing his job the outbreak started to happen he then tried to take the next plane to get home but the flight got delayed. He lost all contact to the U.S and has been stuck ever since the start of the outbreak surviving.