The face-eating man now referred to as the “Miami zombie” only had marijuana in his system, according to a Florida medical examiner’s final report.
The man, Rudy Eugene, 31, was shot and killed May 26 by a police officer as he attacked another man on a Miami causeway. Eugene could be seen in surveillance video naked, chewing on 65-year-old Ronald Poppo’s face.
Speculation circulated worldwide on the Web that Eugene was under the influence of a street drug known as bath salts, which has been linked to psychotic behavior.
But the medical examiner’s office said tests – including an outside forensic examination – did not find evidence of any street drugs other than marijuana, prescription drugs or alcohol.
Authorities have not released a motive for the attack.
Poppo remains hospitalized after several surgeries.
Poppo has undergone several surgeries and remains hospitalized.
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The Miami man who chewed off two-thirds of a homeless man’s face was an avid Bible reader who had attended a Bible study session just two days before the horrific attack, reported the Christian Post, citing a story from the Tampa Bay Times.
Rudy Eugene, 31, known in the press as the “Miami zombie attacker,” was described by his friends as a “preacher” who frequently referenced biblical passages, according to the article.
Before the attack, Eugene posted a Bible verse on his Facebook page saying, “Deliver me from my enemies, O my Lord; Defend me from those who rise up against me. For the Lord God is my defense.”
Eugene attacked Ronald Poppo, 65, while he was sleeping and ripped and ate the flesh from his face. He also ate at least one of his victim’s eyes and his nose.
Eugene was shot dead by police responding to 911 calls. Poppo is expected to survive but will need to have his face reconstructed in an elaborate series of surgeries that one doctor compared to the Manhattan project.