Though he was nicknamed the "Causeway Cannibal" in the aftermath of last month's disturbing attack, Rudy Eugene's autopsy report revealed that the so-called "Miami Zombie" had not actually swallowed any of Ronald Poppo's flesh prior to being shot and killed by a Miami police officer.
Eugene's brother, Markenson Charles, remembered a much different person than the one who gnawed off a homeless man's face by the side of the road three weeks ago — and indeed a different person than the one who threatened to kill their mother on more than one occasion.
"Rudy was always a very affectionate person," Charles told mourners. as he recalled being frequently showered by his siblings hugs and kisses. "What I wouldn't give for a kiss right now," he said.
Thoughts also turned to the victim of Eugene's vicious attack, who remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition. "This morning, I ask, as you grieve, you remember Mr. Ronald in your prayers," said Pastor Keny Felix, who also noted that losing a loved one is "even more painful when it's unexpected and when it doesn't make sense."
A serious question mark still hangs over the catalyst of Eugene's grisly episode. Police have theorized that the designer drug known as "bath salts" may have played a role in the incident, but no evidence of a link has surfaced.
A complete toxicology report is still several weeks away.
Local police say they will investigate the possibility that "Montreal Butcher" Luka Rocco Magnotta was involved the 2009 dismembering of 21 year-old Omar Laparra, whose body parts were found in plastic bags floating in Biscayne Bay.
Online forum posts suggest Magnotta may have been living in the area at the time.
[photo via AP]