During his time at the Academy, his superintendent was a Vulcan, who had taken the time to memorize the personnel files of each and every cadet.(Template: TNG) Paul Rice was a close friend of Riker's while at the Academy.Soon, his teacher learned of this problem, and both she and Kyle had to talk to Will and make him realize that his mother was dead and she was not coming back.Will cried the entire night following, but later realized it was an important step in accepting his mother's death.The memories of Betty's presence at their Alaska home were also painful for both.This initial trauma created a rift between the two Rikers which would last thirty years.(Template: TNG) However, Will's relationship with Kyle continued to deteriorate into his early teens.He was often left to care for himself, learning such skills as cooking.
Their personality and memories were the same up to the point of the duplication.(Template: TNG) His distant ancestors were from mainland North America, including Colonel Thaddius Riker, who fought in the American Civil War.