Soapbox: Kenshin's parents died of cholera when he was, what, five? After the resulting orphanage, he was traveling with some slave traders as their cargo when the whole caravan- or whatever- was attacked by bandits. The bandits slew everyone, except for Kenshin (who was still called by his original name, Shinta, the name his parents had given him at birth) because three women- Kasumi, Akane, and Sakura, who were all sold into slavery to pay off someone else's debts- shielded him with their bodies. Once they were dead, reducing their bodies from a protective barrier for an orphaned child to meat shields, the bandits came toward Shinta (Kenshin) saying a cliche line about how they were going to put him out of his misery. He was saved- which is total duh, because he obviously survived, or the series wouldn't have been here- when Saijiro Hiko the XIII killed the bandits hovering like wingless crows over the young Shinta (again, that was Kenshin's pre... well, pre-Kenshin name). Saijiro told Shinta to go to a near-by town and ask for shelter, then walked off. Less than a week later- though how much less, I do not know- Saijiro visited the town himself and inquired about a little boy seeking shelter, only to hear there weren't any newcomers, even a stray cat. Resigning himself to the fact that he was unable to help the child he met, and assuming the boy had probably committed suicide, Saijiro went to bury the bodies. To his shock, when Saijiro arrived, he saw that all the bodies had been buried. All the graves even had markers.