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Miami 'zombie' attack victim identified

1:35 PM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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MIAMI, Fla. -- The victim and the attacker in a case in South Florida involving naked men and cannibalism have been identified.

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The man who had his face chewed off Saturday afternoon is reportedly a homeless 65-year-old man named Ronald Poppo.

A witness said he saw a man, now identified as 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, chewing flesh from Poppo's face.

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Eugene is former high school football player with a prior criminal record, including an arrest for possession of marijuana in 2008.

Eugene is also believed to be homeless at the time of the attack.

Police say as the men laid naked side by side, Eugene tore off the victim's cheeks, nose, and one of his eyes.

A Miami police officer shot and killed Eugene after telling him to stop attacking the man.

Police believe the cause behind the attack is related to drug use.

"And become violent it's indicative of this excited delirium that's caused by overdose of drugs," said Armando Aguilar with the Miami Fraternal Order of Police.

Poppo is currently in the hospital recovering from the attack.

There is no word on his condition.

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