Victim was star student at elite New York high school -
He was STILL conscious during EIGHTEEN-minute attack
- Rudy Eugene, 31, tore into victim's face with his teeth and growled -
- Police believe he may have taken 'bath salts,' a potent new drug -
- Images have been released of Ronald Poppo, 65, recovering in Miami hospital -
- 75 per cent of victim's face chewed off in 'some of the most horrific injuries staff have ever encountered'
- Was still conscious when he was stretchered off to hospital
- Investigators trying to piece together last hours of Eugene's life
The homeless man whose face was eaten off by the 'Miami cannibal' during a horrific, 18-minute attack was a star student at a prestigious New York school before he became a down-and-out.
A yearbook picture of Ronald Poppo was obtained by the New York Daily News, who reported the victim was in the Latin Club and worked in the guidance office at Stuyvesant High School before he became homeless.
According to his long record of petty arrests, he spent the last four decades in Florida and nothing is yet known about how his tragic fall from grace from top student to a life on the streets.
Fall from grace: Ronald Poppo when he was a star student at Stuyvesant High School in New York, left, and as a down-and-out in Florida
It comes on the same day footage of the 65-year-old's dramatic rescue was released which shows he was still conscious and moving his arms after the attack, while Rudy Eugene's body lay next to him.
After paramedics tend to the victim's facial injuries, they carefully place him on a stretcher.
As they carry him from the walkway where the attack took place to the ambulance, he starts to wave his arms around and has to be strapped down.
The harrowing attack, which has shocked America, took place on Saturday afternoon on the MacArthur Causeway near Miami beach.
Rudy Eugene, 31, originally from Haiti, chewed lumps of flesh from Mr Poppo's face after stripping and beating him.
New footage of the almost 20-minute ordeal was released hours after the first picture emerged of the victim - as well as stomach-churning images of his horrific injuries.
The video shows that a number of cyclists and drivers passed by and did nothing to stop the brutal attack. One driver slows down before driving off, though police say he then called 911.
Rescue: Paramedics tend to the victim, putting him on a stretcher and dressing his gruesome injuries
Still conscious: As he is transported from the walkway to the ambulance, Mr Poppo starts moving his arms around
Restrain: The paramedic tries to stop the victim from moving as they realize the man is still conscious despite his harrowing injuries
As police piece together the last hours of Eugene's life, they believe he attended a Memorial Day weekend beach party before making the three-mile journey home on foot in more than 90F.
Brutal: Rudy Eugene, 31, pictured in an old police mugshot, was shot dead by police in Miami, Florida, following the horrific attack where he ripped pieces of flesh from his victim's face
He took off and scattered his clothes as he walked across the causeway - police later found his drivers license and clothes strewn from the beach to the mainland - before pouncing on the homeless man he found sleeping on the elevated train tracks, according to the Miami Herald.
After he strips and punches his victim, he straddles him before starting to eat his face off. Cars and a number of cyclists passed the two men while the attack took place.
It was almost 20 minutes until officer Jose Rivera shot Eugene shortly after he arrived. He shouted at the 31-year-old to stop but he simply got up and growled and continued eating at the man's face.
Former friends of the dead attacker today spoke of their shock at the brutal assault.
Source:Daily Mail UK
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