Causeway Cannibal Rudy Eugene Has North Miami Beach In "State of Shock"

Rudy Eugene's North Miami Beach High yearbook photo from 1999, when he was a junior.
North Miami Beach mom Vivianne Perpignan remembers Rudy Eugene as just another good kid from the football team, who'd stop by her house while hanging out with her son Teddy. The Perpignans live on a residential street a five minute drive from North Miami Beach High, and the neighborhood feels like a village. "Everybody knew Rudy," says Perpignan. "But this is not the person we knew."

She's referring, of course, to the episode of unprecedented bat-shit insanity that earned Eugene the posthumous nicknames of "Miami Zombie" and the "Causeway Cannibal". Eugene was shot dead by police over the weekend while chowing, naked, on a homeless man's face. His victim, who is clinging to life, has been identified as 65-year-old Ronald Poppo.

What does a face-eater look like in high school? On Facebook, his classmates have echoed Perpignan's sentiments, saying that they didn't recognize Eugene in the actions of the monster on the MacArthur Causeway. "I had a class with him and he was such a sweet, kind guy and very respectful," wrote one female classmate. "What he did was because of whatever drug he took, not because he was a violent man."

Said another classmate: "We all knew Rudy and that wasn't him."

Eugene's rap sheet was mostly minor, consisting of several marijuana arrests and a 2004 battery charge in North Miami Beach. That same year, according to police, he reported an unoccupied car parked on the side of the street. North Miami Beach officers removed it. Again, it's tough to correlate those actions with what he did to Ronald Poppo's face.

Riptide visited the Perpignans' house because we were hoping to speak to Eugene's alleged smoking buddy. In 2007, he and Teddy were arrested for misdemeanor cannabis possession. The charges were dropped.

We were told Teddy was at work, and he didn't respond to cell phone calls and an email. Vivianne said that she heard of the face-eating episode through the news, and then was stunned when it was revealed that was her son's childhood friend Rudy. "Everybody's in a state of shock," she says. "That's not normal human behavior. That was the drugs, or whatever they gave him, that made him do that."

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Jotutous
Jotutous

I would like to hear that story.

Billy Dugle
Billy Dugle

#sleepstalkers this SH*T is crazy. Jacki O'Dierno predicted this

Monealprudhome
Monealprudhome

All you pale faced ghosties need to tremble in your little loafers you pink freaks wear. This is pure justice for Trayvon! Now we need some justice for Rudy Eugene! Those racist pink pigs didn't have to kill the man. We all know that! You Caspers push us to this point then act so damn surprised. If you weren't racists that can't be within 50 yards of a black man without wishing you  had half the swag we have then things like this wouldn't happen. This planet needs to be put back in the hands of the black man to be run with some sense! Obama is going to put the rightful owners of this world back in power! 2012 is the year all wrongs are going to be made right! Thank god for Obama and Holder or it would be the end for us! For real!

BlackRacist
BlackRacist

Monelprudhome another haitian on drugs

Songofthesouth62
Songofthesouth62

This attack reminds me of what people look like after a chimpanzee attack too.

Songofthesouth62
Songofthesouth62

The hospital should treat the victim for rabies just in case that is what caused Eugene to attack. If they wait til the blood tests come back on Eugene it will be too late for the victim.

Monealprudhomme
Monealprudhomme

  Shud the fuq up, Casper! Every punch to the evil white face, every stab to a flabby-white belly, every rape of a putrid-white, stinky gash is justice for Trayvon and justice for you pink slugs knocking my people from their throne of world domination a thousand years ago. If it wasn't for the brilliance of the African man, you would have NOTHING today! All of  science, all of industry emanated from the black man. We will take back ALL that it ours! ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!

Mauricio Zuniga
Mauricio Zuniga

I got lost in the comment sections about Florida. Is this the one where a black ate off a face after an unwarranted attack or ate skittles before one?

Mauricio Zuniga
Mauricio Zuniga

Where is Zombie Jackson and Zombie Sharptongue(now i get that joke XD) NOW!?!?

Mauricio Zuniga
Mauricio Zuniga

Where is Zombie Jackson and Zombie Sharptongue(now i get that joke XD) NOW!?!?

Ihadadream2013
Ihadadream2013

What do you get when you mix Haitian voodoo doll ,crushed Skittles , Haitian rum mixed with Arizona Iced tea and Memorial Day Urban Music Fest  you get Miami Zombie Man. The evil proffesors down in Little Haiti and their weird experiments.

Nope
Nope

 You must be desperate for likes, 'cause you keep delivering this lame joke.  I hope you're not pursuing a career in comedy, because that would be the only funny thing about you.

Hungary Haitians
Hungary Haitians

How many Haitians does it take to chew off an entire face?

Tazziebrat
Tazziebrat

Seriously, who eats another human being as though they were a ribeye steak? Screw the taser, if I would have been that cop, I would have done the same thing.  Heck if I was walking in the alley I would have done that.  Seeing that would have put fear in me like no other.  I feel for the lose of the family, but I feel for the person that has to live with this disfigurment more ! We were all put here for a reason, it is not up to someone to take that from us for the sport to killing!

Yummy
Yummy

Goat, human face, about the same texture.

Haitian face eater
Haitian face eater

He was a black Haitian. Wow. That explains a lot. Is he related to N. Miami Mayor Andre Pierre?

NoobKILLA
NoobKILLA

 Wow. You are another ignorant, racist internet troll? Are you related to the shit that comes out of my asshole? Please smoke some PCP and go swimming. The world would really benefit from this.

Blackpanther
Blackpanther

Yea because all Haitians are related...dumbass

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