Rudy Eugene, Ronald Poppo (Photo : Miami-Dade Police Police Depar)
Ronaldo Poppo, the victim of the infamous "Miami Zombie" has finally spoken out according to reports from WFOR.
Poppo has been hospitalized after incurring a savage attack from Rudy Eugene in which he chewed on Poppo's face in an incident that has been dubbed the "Miami Zombie" or "Causeway Cannibal." Eugene was shot several times by police before succumbing to his fate while Poppo was left alive but with virtually no face and a bullet in his body.
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"He attacked me," Poppo said of Rudy Eugene. "He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically that's all there is to say about it."
Regarding the motive, Poppo could not provide one. "For a very short amount of time I thought he was a good guy," Poppo said. "But he just went and turned berserk. He apparently didn't have a good day at the Beach and he - he was coming back. And I guess he took it out, took it out on me or something. I don't know."
Reports also indicate that the two men were familiar with one another. Eugene's friend Christian even stated that Poppo and Eugene had met when volunteering for Miami's homeless community. "[Ronald Poppo] seemed like a nice and kind man," Christian told the Miami Herald. "I remember when we gave him food.''
Initial reports stated that "bath salts" had been the cause of Eugene's odd behavior, but subsequent autopsies of his cadaver indicated that he was neither on bath salts or synthetic marijuana. However, numerous scientists and skeptics state that the reports are false and do not test for everything "that might be out there."
After the attack, a media and public craze over zombies was initiated in which any strange attack or murder that involved an form of cannibalism was looped into the same category as Poppo and Eugene's Miami Zombie" incident.
The event also led to a controversial video in which a white man attacked black citizens.