Poppo gave his first lengthy interview about the attack today, and the details are disturbing. Poppo says that for a “very short amount of time” he thought Eugene was a good person. That changed, though, as Eugene showed deranged behavior because he was upset he couldn't score drugs. Eugene moved to attack Poppo and said a line right out of a disturbing horror flick: “You’re going to be my wife and this is going to be a Lover’s Concerto.”
Then, he mashed Poppo's face into the sidewalk, putting him in a wrestling hold while attacking him.
Sgt. Williams asked Poppo what Eugene was saying when he attacked him.
“‘You, me, buddy, and nobody else here,’” Poppo recalled. “‘I’m gonna — gonna kill you.’ Or something like that, I guess.”
“Did he say why?” Williams inquired.
“No, he just started to scream,” Poppo explained. “And was talking kind of funny talk for a while too.”
“What do you mean by funny talk?” Williams asked.
“That I was gonna die. And he was gonna die,” Poppo said. “He must have been souped up on something.”
Poppo is now blind in both eyes and faces a long recovery. Eugene was killed by police officers on the scene.