By Matt Rivers, Andrew Kramer 

PAULSBORO, N.J. (CBS) — Police are now treating a deadly hit-and-run that occurred in Paulsboro, Gloucester County early Sunday morning as a homicide.

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According to police, 31-year-old Eddie Lee Warthen was crossing East Madison Avenue around 4:30 a.m. when he was struck by a gray or silver, four-door car.

The victim was rushed to Cooper Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead about three hours later.

The victim’s family says he had a troubled past, but was working toward a brighter future. But that all got cut short on Sunday. The victim’s dad, also named Eddie, tells CBS3 Eyewitness News he doesn’t know why, but he believes this was deliberate:

“When you  run over somebody, back up, then run over them again, I mean your trying to kill them.”

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The victim’s cousin, Thomas K Young also expressed strong feelings:

”Whoever did it, God bless them, but they’re a bunch of cowards.”

Police say the striking vehicle had two passengers in it and the car suffered significant damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucester County Detectives at (856) 384-5626.

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