He was abandoned by his young mother after birth and was found by a merchant that once he saw the baby grow sold him to a child slaver called Joaquín Lurdez, that later gave his middle name to Tony, Joaquín forced him to carry heavy sacks of bricks, do courier jobs that implied selling contraband through states, the man also abused him physically and verbally, forced him to be his voice over people, and to kill people for him. After turning 13 he dared to kill the man that had manipulated and used him for doing his bidding. Sadly he failed and was forced to escape from the country to make sure he wouldn't be followed, he asked an old man that treated him kindly unlike anyone else, but after the men of Joaquín arrived where he was hiding, he heard the man sell him out without hesitation after being offered with a thousand dollars, Antonio quickly pulled a beretta to shoot the two men down, after feeling betrayed Tony divorced himself from his remorse and sympathy to later manipulate the man that sold him out to make him think he could escape with him, Tony later grabbed the tumi knife he found in the body of one of his attackers and thrust it through the neck of the man. Tony then risked finding the cash hiding spots he was ordered to fill every now and then to buy himself a passage on a boat to lead him anywhere away from America, but he decided to work as a crew member for 6 years despite his age and past. During one night he was at his quarters he heard screaming and hissing from the town nearby, he saw it burning and people panicking, he rushed to release an escape boat, after looking people rushing inside the boat he jumped and left the people on it, hearing the screaming he watched how the ship slowly sinking, not knowing the cause of the anarchy and the fire, he thought it was Joaquín chasing him. Once out of gas he was forces to paddle his way to the closest land where the danger would just increase, Chernarus.