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Flesh-eating man’s girlfriend says he’s not a ‘crazed cannibal’

Posted at 9:03 AM, Jun 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-07 09:03:17-04

(CNN) – A Miami woman says her boyfriend was not a crazed cannibal, but in fact a loving person.  Rudy Eugene was shot and killed last month by a Miami police officer who says he found Eugene eating another man’s face.

Yovonka Bryant says that behavior is not the man she knew.

"Rudy never drank alcohol or used drugs around me," she said. "I only ever saw him smoke a marijuana cigarette once. One thing that I loved about Rudy is how he talked about his family. He loved his mother and his grandmother very dearly. The care that he expressed to my son, the friend he became to my brother and cousins, and the man he was to me will never be forgotten. I felt safe with Rudy."

Bryant was questioned by police but is not being investigated.  She said Eugene was a Christian who wanted to learn more about the Muslim faith and often read the Bible and the Koran.

The victim, who was a homeless man, remains in the hospital.