Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines was murdered by her boyfriend on early Sunday morning.
According to multiple reports, the 33-year old Broadway actress was found lifeless with multiple stab wounds lying on a street in Washington Heights, Manhattan. She was pronounced dead at the nearby Harlem Hospital.
Her alleged killer, boyfriend Lamar Davenport, was arrested at the scene on second degree murder charges. He was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
Eyewitnesses and law enforcement sources told The New York Post that Davenport, who is a rapper and actor, was under the influence of drugs, and was trying to cast out what he thought was demons from Hines with a knife:
“Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils! In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out!” the killer yelled as he plunged a hunting knife into 33-year-old E’Dena Hines’ chest, according to George Hudacko, who witnessed the 3 a.m. attack from his apartment window in Washington Heights.
By 3 a.m., Davenport was so crazed that he continued his attack even as Hines lay lifeless on the sidewalk, one police source said.
When cops wrestled him off her, he “was still making a stabbing motion with his arm, but he had nothing in his fist — the knife was jutting out of her chest,” the police source said.
TMZ further reports that Davenport is wanted in Los Angeles in a July 2014 cocaine case.
Reacting to the development, Freeman said in a statement, ‘The world will never know her artistry and 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.’
Hines’ mother was Freeman’s first wife.