The naked cannibal was not the Rudy Eugene his classmates knew.
The image of a growling, face-eating so-called “zombie” didn’t sit well Tuesday with those who remembered Eugene as a teenager.
“No, that’s not him,” said Victoria Forte, a former classmate from North Miami Beach High School. “Drugs did this to him. Drugs took over a person we knew as a beautiful person.”
Eugene, 31, was shot and killed by a Miami police officer who tried to get him to stop chewing on the bloodied flesh of Ronald Poppo, 65, on the MacArthur Causeway on Saturday afternoon. The grisly attack made international headlines, with graphic photographs of the victim lying beside his nude, dead attacker circulating on social media websites.
But Miami police have released no information about the events that led to the incident, including whether or how Eugene and Poppo may have known each other.
“It’s all under investigation,” Sgt. Freddie Cruz said.
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