Most by now have read about the horrific attack that happened over Memorial Day Weekend in Miami. Ronald Poppo, a victim of chronic alcoholism, was savagedly attacked by a drug induced naked man on the MacArthur Causeway next to the Miami Herald Building.
Poppo had the upper part of his face chewed off in what people have dubbed the ‘Miami Zombie Attack.” This is a tragic incident in where a very peaceful and harmless man was brutalized in ways no one can explain or rationalize.
It has come to our attention through bassist Pat Burke, that Poppo may have worked a show for the band in 1989. However, this can not be verified, but if so, this brings this horrible tragedy even closer to home in the Skum family as we grasp at why this happened.
“This may have been the guy at the Grove Cinema,” said lead bassist Pat Burke. ‘I really don’t know. I just saw the picture and thought ‘no way man’ I played in Miami a lot of years with Skum and the Scobees. You know I’ve seen a lot of people backstage. A lot of guys would work for beer and food, so I don’t know. But still, this makes me sick.”
“You are asking me about something that happened over twenty four years ago,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “I would have to say this wasn’t that guy. But hell, who carried an amp and took a few beers in 1989, I can’t tell you any of their names except a few. I hope it wasn’t him as that would be too much.”
Regardless of whether he worked a few shows or not, the band is asking that all fans please donate to Mr. Poppo’s fund as he is in dire need. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
Donations can be made on the foundation website, www.jmf.org (click the “Take Action Now” tab, and then click on donations. On the donation page, select “other” in the contribution details section and input: Ronald Poppo).
Donations by check should be sent to Jackson Memorial Foundation, Park Plaza East, Suite G, 901 N.W. 17th Street, Miami, FL 33136.; write “Ronald Poppo” on the memo line.