Javier is of Aztec ancestry whose family originated from Oaxaca. He was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. When Javier was very young, living with his grandmother, he witnessed an intrusion into the family home. The intruders entered his home through the basement, near his sister's room. Javier went upstairs to close the door of his grandma's room. He was around the age of 3, and the only one awake in the house. Little Javier went into the kitchen, got out a knife, and hid from the unknown strangers while they burglarized his home. He held on to the kitchen knife until the intruders finally left and he fell asleep still holding the knife. Luckily no one was hurt in the break-in, but the trauma of the event caused Javier to be scared to sleep at night. He had anxiety and felt the need to sleep with a knife under his pillow until he was 17.