If you haven’t done so already, please read my previous article about Rudy Eugene, to get you up to speed on the situation.
Reports have now revealed that the 31-year-old Rudy Eugene’s victim has been identified as a 64-year-old man named Ronald Poppo. He currently still remains in critical condition and with 75% of his face gone, only has his mustache and goatee intact after the 18-minute attack.
Poppo has spent the past four decades living on the streets of New Orleans, New York and Miami, and has been arrested 24 times since 1978 (for crimes such as public drinking, trespassing, burglary, assault and resisting arrest). Though acquaintances of the victim say that his difficult and complicated life left him quite secluded;
“He never bothered nobody.”
Although authorities are still awaiting the results from Eugene’s autopsy, Armando Aguilar of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police told WSVN 7 News,
“Whenever we see that a person has taken all of his clothes off and has become violent, it’s indicative of this excited delirium that’s caused by an overdose of drugs.”
“What’s happening is inside their body their organs are burning up alive.”
Though an old friend of Eugene’s from high school, Erica Smith, was surprised to hear of his involvement in the attack.
“He wasn’t homeless. He had a place to stay. He had a car, and he worked. He had his ups and downs, but he was not an aggressive person. He was really sweet and giving.”
However she did later add,
“He did smoke. I’m not going to lie about that. Someone must have given him something really bad. A few days ago he told my brother that he was really depressed and didn’t want to live anymore. He was a guy who just wanted a family and someone to love him.”
Another friend from the 2000’s North Miami Beach High School graduating class, Victoria Forte, said,
“Rudy was not a face-eating zombie monster. The Rudy we know was a nice gentleman with a warm smile, and funny.”
The entire situation is unfortunate and disturbing. Although doctors and authorities feel drugs may have been involved, the possibility of inner demons still remain on the table.