Ricky Howard was a resident of Gunnison, Colorado who, in 2004, became involved in the Xenomorph outbreak that ultimately led to the destruction of the town. He was employed as a delivery boy at Pizza One.
Drew assigns him a delivery at Jesse's house. When he gets there, he realizes, that Dale is also at the house with his two friends, Nick and Mark. They treat him badly while there, but don't bother him physically until Ricky is at his car, ready to leave. The three attack him, steal his keys, and throw them down the storm drain.
He gets home to find Dallas back from jail. Ricky asks Dallas to help get his keys back, and Dallas agrees. When in the sewer, they see the keys in the bottom of a pile of muck and when they attempt to reach them, find a Chestburster swimming in the water. Frightened, the two flee the sewers with Ricky's keys.
A while later, Ricky meets up with Jesse at the school's pool. However, Dale and his cronies meet them there but Ricky pushes them into the water and fight unaware, that an Alien is lurking nearby. Jesse spots the Alien and yells for them to get out, but not before Dale's friends are killed by the Alien.
Ricky escapes and travels with his older brother in order to locate a way out of town. They decide to make their way to the hospital, where a helicopter is on the rooftop. However, during an extended melee throughout the hospital, Jesse is killed by the Yautja Wolf, pinned to the wall with a Shuriken. Ricky, enraged, attacks Wolf and a Warrior pushes him down an elevator shaft, causing him to drop his Plasma Pistol. Immediately afterward, he is impaled by a Predalien in the shoulder, but manages to get to the helicopter before the town is destroyed.
Personality & Traits
Ricky had feelings for Jesse and was bullied by Jesse's then boyfriend. He is impulsive as before Dallas stopped him, he was intending to get revenge with a baseball bat and much later he aggressively attacks a Yautja after the latter accidentally kills Jesse.
Ricky used an M4A1 along with 2nd generation Glock 17 as his primary weapons.
- In the director's commentary of the film, the Brothers Strause reveal that Ricky did in fact perish due to the wounds he received from the Predalien. However, as no implications of this are made in the film, the validity of this comment is debatable.