His father was the newspaper editor there, until he wrote editorials against Farnoq Dahn. From then, one day, he and his newspaper vanished. Shurk's mother raised a fuss with the local police, but was herself held for questioning (which included beatings and possibly worse torments) for a week. She eventually committed suicide a year after her husband's disappearance.
When Rick Jones was trying to understand the whole meaning of the conflict in Trans-Sabal (after having found his opponents equipped with S.H.I.E.L.D.-issued Mandroid Armors), he went to discuss with Shurk who presented him his life under Farnoq and the reasons of why he fought.