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Victim of face eating attack identified
Victim of face eating attack identified

Homeless man Ronald Poppo has been identified as the man whose face was bitten off by a drug addled naked man in Florida on Monday.

Poppo, aged 65, has a long series of petty arrests on his record after decades of living on the streets of Florida.

The New York Daily News has uncovered Poppo's high school yearbook, which identified him as a promising young student who studied Latin and worked in the school’s guidance office; but little is known about his journey to Florida's streets.

Poppo was the victim of a horrific 18 minute attack at the hands of Haitian immigrant Rudy Eugene, who bit off most of Poppo’s face while high on drugs.

New footage has been released of Poppo's rescue after police shot Eugene dead, showing the still conscious victim waving his arms and legs as medics strap him to a stretcher.

Photos have also emerged showing Poppo's severe facial injuries following the attack.

The injuries, which are too graphic to publish, show most of Poffo’s face to be a bloody mess.

Eugene was shot dead by police after he was found crouched over his victim, chewing on his face, with only one eye and some facial hair clearly identifiable.

A witness who rode his bicycle past the scene said he saw Mr Eugene biting on the victim’s face, before he flagged down a police car.

"The guy just stood, his head up like that, with pieces of flesh in his mouth. And he growled," the witness told a local news station.

Police have released more information about the moment Mr Eugene was shot to death.

The unidentified officer fired once at Mr Eugene, who continued chewing on the victim’s face, forcing the officer to open fire five more times, killing Mr Eugene instantly.

"It's one of the most gruesome things I've ever seen in my life in person," the witness said.

Police are still waiting to speak to the victim.

"We're hoping that he pulls through, for his well-being, but also so he can tell us what happened," said Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of the Miami police union said, "Only he knows."

Police are unsure what sparked the attack, but believe Mr Eugene may have taken a potent new form of LSD, or may have been high on bath salts.

"I wouldn't say he had mental problem but he always felt like people was against him... No one was for him, everyone was against him," his ex-wife told a local news station.

Police have revealed Mr Eugene was known to them, after he was arrested seven times in five years, including on a battery charge when he was just 16.

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