Vick was the youngest son of Hazelle Hawthorne. His father died in a mine collapse, the same one that killed Katniss Everdeen's father, leaving his mother to take care of her four children alone. His siblings were Gale, Rory and Posy. He and his family were frequently mentioned to be some of the few people who survived the bombing of District 12 in Mockingjay and escaped to District 13.
Vick has dark hair and olive skin, typical to residents in the Seam.