Lawrence Kimbala was born in Zimbabwe where he grew up under the tutelage of his father who was a biologist. His father taught him all about medicine and virology and Lawrence was able to study a number of viruses close up; including Ebola, H.I.V., Typhus, Cholera, and other staphylococcal infections. He soon acquired a wealth of knowledge and wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.
When his father eventually died, Lawrence moved to America to further his education and attended Harvard Medical School. His years of study on virology at the institute made him realise that his true passion was in manipulating and controlling viruses, rather than just simply curing them.
After graduating, Lawrence chose to find work as a military doctor and was eventually recruited by the U.S. Army as part of their special weapons program and Spec Ops field unit. He was placed in the Echo Six team under the command of Crispin Jettingham and chose his own call sign of ‘Shona’ which was a reference back to the native shona people who inhabited parts of Zimbabwe. This was a homage to his own background in Africa.
When Echo Six were sent into Raccoon City during the 1998 disaster, Shona was one of the most influential team members due to the biohazardous nature of the threat they faced. He took many blood samples from infected subjects and collected as much data as he could on the t-Virus. The extent of the city-
wide incident had a profound effect on Shona and he was often seen in quiet reflection with a solemn look on his face due to the enormous amount of death and suffering he has witnessed thus far.
From the several days they spent in the dead city, Shona and his companions encountered many horrors such as Lickers, T-103 Tyrants, Hunters and even the ferocious Nemesis T-Type and helped several survivors including Jill Valentine, Carlos Oliveria, Claire Redfield and Sherry Birkin. They also infiltrated several key corporate installations in a bid to secure proof that Umbrella were the ones responsible for the outbreak.
It is unknown whether Lawrence Kimbala or his team made it out of Raccoon City alive as records remain incomplete.