Voiced By: Shawn Fonteno
Occupation: Repo Man
Special Skills: Slow-motion driving
Location: South Los Santos
About Character: Franklin works for Simeon Yetarian, an Armenian luxury car dealer, and does repossession when customers can’t pay. He hangs out with crazy, immature friends including his best friend for life Lamar Davis but running into Michael De Santa shows him another way to live. Franklin would like nothing more than to leave the streets behind for a better life.
Franklin was born in South Los Santos in 1988. His parents consists of a father he’s never met before and a mother who at some point in his young life became addicted to crack cocaine. As a child, Franklin often heard stories about how his father would physically abuse his mother on occasion, possibly causing her addiction to crack, and eventually leaving her once she was pregnant with Franklin, easily classifying him as a deadbeat father. His mother’s addiction eventually led to her death when Franklin was young.
Franklin then began to live with his grandmother and grandfather. This is where Franklin met Tonya Wiggins and JB Bradshaw. Despite being constantly spoiled by his grandmother, Franklin had decided to take on the role of a street hustler. One of his first jobs were selling cigarettes along with Bradshaw. The scheme was going quite successful up until Franklin’s grandfather caught them in the act. In Tonya’s words, his grandfather gave chase to both him and Bradshaw all around South Los Santos. His grandmother and grandfather later passed away at an unknown time. Franklin moved into a house on Forum Drive alongside his aunt Denise that was given to them by his late grandmother.
Franklin attended Davis High School along with Lamar Davis, Tanisha Jackson and Tonya Wiggins but was dropped out due to him confronting and beating up his teacher. Around this time he began the life of a gang banger and dope dealer and started committing various crimes such as carjackings and bank robberies, one of which netted him and Lamar two thousand dollars, which was ruined by a dye pack going off on the notes. Franklin also worked for a local drug dealer named Marcus, which Franklin later killed him. Franklin’s life of petty crime was short lived however and he was eventually arrested in 2008. After he was released from prison he decided to give up his old life in the ghetto.
A few months before the start of his story, Franklin moved beyond the role of ghetto-based street dealer when he began working for Armenian gangster Simeon Yetarian. Yetarian owns a car dealership which acts as a front for a loansharking and extortion business. Yetarian’s dealership sells cars to people who can’t afford them and when they default on the payments Franklin acts in the role of repossession man and repossesses the cars. As a result of this, he is frequently seen driving around Los Santos in many seized sports cars, prior to the mission Complications where he and Lamar are both fired.