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Report: Face-chewer met homeless victim before

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Rudy Eugene, left, was fatally shot by police after he refused to stop gnawing on Ronald Poppo's face, at right.

The man who was shot dead as he chewed off the face of a Miami homeless man apparently met his victim a few years back, according to published reports.

Rudy Eugene, 31, was fatally shot over Memorial Day Weekend while mauling the face of Ronald Poppo.

The Miami Herald reported that Eugene had met Poppo while doing community work feeding the homeless.

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Fredric Christian, Eugene’s close friend, told the Herald that the two had met 65-year-old Poppo on the streets.

"Poppo seemed like a nice and kind man," Christian told the newspaper. "I remember when we gave him food."

Poppo is recovering at a local hospital from the attack.

Though the attack sparked a state-wide crackdown on synthetic drugs and bath salts, which many speculated Eugene was on, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner only found marijuana in Eugene’s body.

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"The department's toxicology laboratory has identified the active components of marijuana," the statement said. "The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs. This includes cocaine, LSD, amphetamines (Extasy, Meth and others), phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust), heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, synthetic marijuana (Spice), and many other similar compounds."

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