Ezekiel was born early in 2001, and was raised by abusive parents. Ezekiel and his younger brother were used as a punching bag by their father at an early age, and Zeke began to provide for his brother and himself, with his parents either high, or gone from the house. His parents abusive behavior ended up scarring Ezekiel both socially and emotionally, causing him to become a timid little boy. When he was six, Ezekiel and his family were in an automobile accident, which resulted in the death of his two parents. Both of the children survived, and ended up in foster care. Luckily, the two didn't spend long in foster care, as they were both soon adopted by a small town preacher and his wife. The change was a complete 180 for Zeke, who found himself in a loving home, and still with his brother. Despite the fact that it upset his parents, Ezekiel still claims that his parents' death was the best thing to ever happen to him and his brother. For the next decade, Ezekiel lived a fairly ordinary, if not boring life. Even with his loving parents, and growing up in a caring church, he still retained most of his introverted nature. Throughout his schooling, he was considered a nerdy, but nice guy; nice enough to form a relationship with a girl who many would consider out of his league named Selena. They both spent a great deal of time together for the next three years, often going to church together, as well as mission trips. For his fourth mission trip, the church planned to assist in the rebuilding of a small town in the country of Chernarus called Kumyrna, which was shelled in the civil war almost a decade prior. Ezekiel, his Father, Selena, and around a dozen other church members arrived about a week before the outbreak began. When it did hit, everything went to chaos. Infected ended up flooding out of the trees around the isolated town, killing many of the Chernarussians of Kumyrna and church members. After witnessing the death of his father, Ezekiel fled with Selena to the ruins of the church, locking themselves in the cellar. They waited there for what seemed to be hours, until the screams and the moans of the undead faded. It was when Ezekiel let Selena fall asleep on his shoulder that he noticed the bite on her arm. Being a nerd, he became aware of the situation that they would soon be in. Taking a piece of rebar near him, he held it ready with his free hand, with his other around his girlfriend. When her breathing stopped, Ezekiel began weeping, realizing that he was now completely alone. Wrapping his arm around his dead girlfriend's neck, he held her as she turned, then gave her mercy. He dug a shallow grave for her the next morning behind the ruins of the church, then retreated back to the husk of the building, hiding there until his few scavenged rations ran out. Once that happened, he took a dirt road out of town, not knowing where he would go, or what he would do.