Kennedy is a known survivor of the Raccoon City Destruction Incident , then as a police officer. Not much is known about Leon's life prior to his enlisting in the police academy.
Upon graduating from the police academy at the age of 21, Kennedy requested assignment to work for the Raccoon Police Department. His reason of choice was because of the widely publicized murders taking place in and around the Arklay Mountains. This section is based on a game with branching story paths, or several games with conflicting accounts. For more detail on differing portrayals, see this page.
Kennedy had no travel plans or apartment in Raccoon City, and in the hasty departure, his girlfriend broke up with him. Stopping at a motel for the night, he passed out from heavy-drinking and woke up on the afternoon of the 29th of September, on a Tuesday. Kennedy continued driving into the city hungover and now late for reporting in to the station. Accounts differ as to when Kennedy realised the crisis in the city. In one account, he drove southwards into the city as normal and was surrounded by Zombies while investigating a body in the middle of the unusually quiet main road.
Retreating into an alleyway he met Claire Redfield , another newcomer, who was herself fleeing from Zombies within a diner. In another account, a similar event occurred at the Mizoil Gas Station just outside the city, and they hijacked an Arklay County Sheriff's Department patrol car instead. Whichever the reality was, the car was destroyed when a gasoline tanker collided with it, and the two were separated and travelled to the police station independently.
The station itself had already fallen to the Zombies, and the only unzombified police officers were the injured Lt. It is uncertain if he met anyone, but had he met Lt. Branagh he would have been briefed on current events before becoming a Zombie. During investigation, Kennedy ran into a young girl - Sherry Birkin - and removed any thoughts of suicide from his mind, should his death prevent the girl's escape in future. To protect the mission, he was not told the truth about her mission.
In one account, Wong claimed to be looking for her missing boyfriend, Dr. John Clemens , unaware he had perished in the Mansion Incident. Whichever the reason, she became aware of Ben Bertolucci , a freelance journalist who she believed had uncovered useful information for her mission while spying on Umbrella researchers.
Bertolucci was able to uncover information on a conspiracy between Umbrella USA and the local police, which was the reason for his arrest, but not enough for her mission. Ben was soon after killed by a mutant, with accounts differing as to if it was Dr.
William Birkin ; a G parasite, or the T B. Kennedy was left to do much of the work himself when in the laboratory; though he himself had suffered a gunshot wound, Wong's leg injury made her unable to continue. During the exploration of the laboratory, Kennedy became aware of Wong's real mission when she cornered, seeking the virus.
Accounts differ as to if she fell off a shaft or was knocked out by the T, or even both. What is known, however is that she successfully escaped the facility as it began to self-destruct, but lost the G-Virus sample. The facility was destroyed, with Dr. William Birkin perishing soon after. Following the Raccoon City incident, Claire and Kennedy split up, and she continued her search for Chris, while Kennedy continued to look after Sherry. Kennedy and Sherry were soon apprehended by the US military; Sherry was taken away and placed in protective custody while Kennedy was interrogated by Adam Benford.
Cautious, Kennedy never mentioned Claire or Wong, but the government was interested in recruiting him, since he now possessed the experience they were looking for. Kennedy accepted, but only on condition that Sherry was kept in good hands. His subsequent training as a government agent turned him from a simple police rookie into an expert special agent, proficient in weapons handling and close quarters combat. She was captured by Umbrella after being caught trespassing in the Umbrella facility in Paris.
While on the island prison of Rockfort Island , Claire sent Kennedy an e-mail asking him to inform Chris of her location so that he could come and rescue her. Kennedy managed to track Chris down personally, and told him of Claire's situation, and Chris headed for Rockfort Island after her.
In , before the destruction of the Russian branch of Umbrella , Kennedy was sent to a small South American country as part of a secret military detachment after the headquarters were informed that a former researcher from Umbrella contacted a man named Javier Hidalgo.
Due to the difficult nature of the operation, Jack Krauser , a seasoned and decorated U. Army Special Forces operative, was selected to be Kennedy's partner. Krauser and Kennedy were sent on a mission by the U. Finding Javier was their objective since he was a drug lord who has taken control over a large area of the jungle with an iron fist. The small government was unable to do anything about Javier's control of the drug trade, requiring Krauser and Kennedy's deployment. The U. Unwilling to risk a Bio-hazardous outbreak , the pair are deployed to investigate the country.
They later found themselves having to cooperate as a two-man cell in a t-Virus outbreak. Kennedy also met a mysterious girl called Manuela , who seemed to be the only survivor of the village, though it was unknown why she didn't escape. Manuela turned out to be Javier's daughter; she contracted a rare disease, and was kept alive by her father through the t-Veronica Virus. While exploring Javier's compound, Kennedy opened up to Krauser about his hellish night in Raccoon City, as well as Claire's encounter with the t-Veronica Virus to explain how Umbrella's B.
Eventually, Kennedy and Krauser fought Javier after the crime lord combined himself with a plant infected with the t-Veronica Virus. Manuela assisted them by unleashing the effects of the Virus on her father. Javier was killed, and Manuela was taken into government custody. Kennedy parted ways with Krauser after the latter is discharged from an injury during the mission. Sometime later that year, Kennedy learned that his former partner died in an accident.
In , President Graham's daughter was abducted on the way home from the University of Massachusetts, in what had hallmarks of an inside job. American spies reported having seen the girl, Ashley Graham, in Spain and tracked her to an isolated, rural community. Arriving with two municipal Madridian police officers , Kennedy was almost immediately attacked by the local villagers who forced the two officers into a ravine.
The approach to the village uncovered evidence of multiple murders performed by the villagers as a whole. Over the course of the day it was uncovered that the villagers were followers of a neopagan cult called Los Iluminados. Led by its Prophet, Osmund Saddler and his lieutenants Fr. Bitores Mendez and Ramon Salazar , they implanted a genetically-engineered parasite called a Plaga into members as part of their baptismal ceremonies to ensure obedience, before ordering them to kill all intruders to protect their research.
Kennedy himself was taken captive by the cult immediately after finding a hostage and implanted with one of the Plagas in the Prophet Saddler's hopes he would become useful. The reason for this was not widely known, even to his lieutenants, and the villagers were more than willing to continue trying to kill him. His fellow hostage who he escaped with, Dr. Luis Sera , was a mole within the Prophet Saddler's bioweapons development program and was captured trying to escape with a stolen Dominant species Plaga egg in exchange for being rescued by The Organisation, a secretive group Dr.
Albert Wesker was connected with. Unwilling at the time to reveal this information, he instead lied about being a former Madridian police officer held captive. Kennedy's search through the village suggested Graham was being held within a chapel, but it would be over six hours before he was able to get inside after passing out, possibly from complications involving the Plaga. Inside he quickly released Graham from captivity, but the two were confronted by the Prophet Saddler, who revealed that he and Graham were both implanted with Plaga eggs, with the intention of Graham being released back to the United States as a mole who could expand his power base.
Mendez, who was angry at the loss of his congregation. During exploration of the castle, the government radio frequency was jammed,  the mole having detailed knowledge of their radio frequencies. Soon after, Kennedy was introduced to Salazar,  a young nobleman who controlled the castle and boasted an army of monks armed with medieval weaponry.
Graham herself was taken hostage repeatedly,   leaving Kennedy on his own for much of the night. Near the courtyard, he ran into Wong, who he quickly deduced was working with Dr.
Wesker's group,  who was the agent sent to retrieve Dr. Sera's egg sample. Sera himself was killed soon after by the Prophet Saddler, who saw no reason to keep him alive when he saw he had the sample in his hand.
After killing Salazar, who's body had merged into the " Queen Plaga ", Kennedy travelled to the island with Wong in search of Graham once more. In the exploration of the island, Kennedy was able to rescue Graham from her prison cell and fought B. After travelling through a warehouse district where plans to set up a navy were in place, Graham was again taken captive, this time with the Prophet Saddler directly controlling her by manipulating her Plaga. As the sun rose, Kennedy's fight against Los Iluminados continued with him seriously wounding Krauser following a mutation though mistook him for dead.
Wong would later kill him. With the radio jamming ceased, Kennedy got in contact with a second government helicopter which launched an assault on the cult's militia before being destroyed by a rocket launcher on the Prophet Saddler's orders. Sera for anyone storming the island, Kennedy and Graham were able to find the original equipment designed to kill prototype Plagas and freed themselves of the parasites.
The cult leader was himself killed by a rocket launcher with the help of Wong after Graham's rescue. Kennedy's retrieval of the egg sample from the remains was short-lived, and Wong herself turned on him to complete her mission, though she ensured he had a means of escaping the island with Graham in the form of a jet-ski. After being picked up by the government, Kennedy's report on the Plagas, dubbed the " Kennedy Report ", was shared with the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance to ensure a defense against the Plagas in future.
Kennedy would later become aware of survivors of the cult in the region, who gained interest in bioterrorism. Refugees who had fled the cult also returned home to their village, but were parasitised by the Plagas, making the region dangerous once more. In November , a coordinated terrorist attack took place at Harvardville Airport, causing a riot in the terminal as well as a plane crash. President Graham also sent in Kennedy to oversee the operations due to his familiarity with fighting Zombies. Kennedy lead a police team into the airport to rescue five survivors ahead of the Ranger attack, and succeeded with the rescue of Senator Ron Davis and his old friend, Claire Redfield.
Soon, he received word that there was to be a major bioweapons attack across the United States if the government refused to reveal its involvement in the original t-Virus Project. When a WilPharma truck exploded in a bombing, Kennedy began investigating Dr. Curtis Miller , an opponent of WilPharma who had been sighted at the airport during the attack. Driving up to Dr. Miller's house with Dr.