The man gravely injured in the Miami face chewing attack that has been inspiring “zombie apocalypse” searches across the web for the past few days has been identified, and police say the victim, 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, is a homeless man who lived in the vicinity of the bridge where he was attacked in the horrifying incident over the weekend.
The face-eating attacker, 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, was eventually shot and killed by police after continuing to attack the helpless victim. Police attempted to subdue Eugene with a single shot, but were forced to shoot him a second time as he tore flesh from the victim’s face, resulting in disfiguring injuries.
The attack was not only cosmetic in nature- days later, Poppo remains in critical condition and authorities say that nearly 70% of his face was destroyed in the terrifying, middle-of-the-night attack. Sgt. Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, describes a scene from a horror movie when he talks about Poppo’s injuries sustained in the face-eating incident, the violent nature of which left eyewitnesses palpably shaken days after the attack:
“He had his face eaten down to his goatee. The forehead was just bone. No nose, no mouth. In my opinion, he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, told press that the scene of the face-eating attack was one of the “goriest scenes [he’s] ever been to.” Ortiz explained:
“It was not only grotesque, it was just very sad, the amount of blood. It was very sad to see what happened to this gentleman that had his face eaten.”
Ortiz also says the officer that was forced to fire on and kill Eugene was also “clearly shaken up” after the shocking incident.