Reina Alvarez was from New York and fell in love with a local criminal called Shades. However, when he was sent away to Seagate Prison, she learned that she was pregnant. She named her son Victor and raised him alone. However after many years of crime his father returned to turn over a new leaf. He became a community organizer, fighting for decent housing for the locals. Their relationship soured when Victor learned his father was cheating on his mother. After that Reina moved to her brother Ignacio's place and took Victor with her. Victor's father remained in contact as best as he could.[1]

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