Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter E'Dena Hines was fatally stabbed in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York on Sunday evening. She was 33 years old.
Police reportedly found Hines laying in the street with multiple stab wounds after receiving a call from a terrified member of the public who witnessed the murder from his third-floor apartment. She was taken to Harlem Hospital and later pronounced dead.
E'Dena's boyfriend, aspiring actor and rapper Lamar Davenport (aged 30) has been charged with her murder and one witnesses claimed that he was screaming "Get out, devils. In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out" as he stabbed Hines to death.
Another witness, who saw the terrifying attack from his bathroom window, stated that:
"He [Davenport] was totally off the wrench. He had totally snapped. It was just really scary."
Davenport, who has a history of drug abuse and a criminal record, was reportedly dragged off Hines' lifeless body by police while he was still making a stabbing motion with his empty fist. He was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for a mental evaluation and has since been turned in to the police to face a second-degree murder charge.
Morgan Freeman, who has taken E'dena to various movie premieres and was close to his step-granddaughter has spoken out about his devastating loss in a press release that reads:
The world will never know her artistry in talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.
The 78-year-old actor also left a message on his Facebook page thanking the public for the overwhelming support they have shown him after the tragedy.
Hines was an actor and writer who studied at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program and taught youths in need in Memphis.