Captain Laporin was a Benzenite Starfleet officer who served as a starship captain during the Federation-Klingon War of 2372-73. While attending Starfleet Academy, one of Laporin's classmates was future fellow Starfleet captain, Benjamin Sisko.
In late 2372, the Klingons boarded Laporin's starship during a bloody skirmish. The boarding party was merciless to Laporin's crew, as Laporin witnessed a Klingon behead his Tellarite helmsman. Moments later, the same Klingon tore off Laporin's breathing tubes, killing the captain.