The man and his family were Muslim and lived in Seattle, Washington. When A.R.G.U.S. took control of America, they were persecuted due to their religion. In 2042, A.R.G.U.S. raided his family's home, killing his son, Behrad, and forcing the man, his wife Nasreen, and daughter Zari to flee.
Shortly after Zari retrieved Behrad's confiscated Air Totem, she was going to meet her parents at their refuge camp, but the couple didn't arrive, the camp instead being destroyed.