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Rudy Eugene Identified As Miami Zombie, Plus NSFW Photo of Attack's Aftermath UPDATE

More than likely, Rudy Eugene was on a

bad acid trip, according to Miami police union chief Armando Aguilar. Eugene's the

naked man who was gnawing the face of a half-naked homeless man on the

MacArthur Causeway near the Miami Herald headquarters Saturday

afternoon. A Miami police officer shot and killed Eugene when he did not obey commands to stop feasting on his victim. The grisly incident generated

international headlines and a world of snickering about a burgeoning zombie

Apocalypse in Miami.

Aguilar,

president for the Fraternal Order of Police, tells Banana Republican that Eugene exhibited signs he

was high on LSD, as well as symptoms for "excited delirium," a

controversial syndrome that supposedly turns drug users (primarily

cocaine enthusiasts) into raging and almost unstoppable incredible

Hulks. "I'm going by similarities in other cases of excited

delirium I've researched in the last couple of days," Aguilar says.

Update: Police have now identified the victim in the gruesome attack as 65-year-old Ronald Poppo (More info on Poppo here); Riptide also tracked down a yearbook photo of Eugene from his days at North Miami Beach High. Click through for the photo.


Update 2: Records shed more light on Poppo, the face-eating victim. He apparently had been homeless for more than three decades and was shot in Bayfront Park way back in 1976. Read our post on Poppo here

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.