"I couldn't even stand up, he's gone, sorry," said Sharon Fox, George Hite's niece.
Crime tape now stretches across the door of this Trenton condo on Daniel Street near Fort, where George Hite was found murdered Wednesday morning. Ironically, his niece, Sharon Fox, says he moved there with his mother a year ago, because he wanted her to live somewhere safe.
"There is no reason for that, never. Whoever did this is cold-hearted and horrible," said Fox.
Police will only say this was a homicide, but still won't reveal how the 65-year-old was murdered. Sadly, Hite's 90-year-old mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, was there at the time he was killed. It's not clear how much time had passed before an officer, who was requested to make a welfare check, discovered her son's body. The elderly woman was taken to the hospital and treated for dehydration.
"He took care of my grandma every day. She was his hero. He did everything for her," said Fox.
"I couldn't believe it. He doesn't have an enemy in the world. He's dedicated his whole life to little league service and to kids and he was a role model for everyone. I'm just devastated, especially with my grandma as well," said Jeff Monczunski, Hite's nephew.
Dennis Fredericks was a dear friend and the president of the Lincoln Park Little League. He says Hite was a beloved umpire with the organization and was getting ready to celebrate his 50th year. They were getting ready to honor him at the opening day ceremony at the baseball field at Quant Park Hite Field, named after his father.
"He meant a lot, he helped out at a lot of things, donating stuff, he'd umpire, he'd mentor the kids, he was a big part of little league," said Dennis Fredericks from Lincoln Park Little League.
"He was a great man. He didn't deserve this," said Fox.
Hite's murder is Trenton's first in a decade. Police say they don't believe it's random. Many people came forward with information and they're working several leads and are very close to solving it.