Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter, Edena Hines, 33, was found dead near her residence by the New York City police on Sunday.
According to police spokesman George Tsourovakas, Hines was found lying in the street in the Harlem section of New York. She had suffered multiple knife wounds to the torso and was taken by ambulance to a hospital and then pronounced dead.
According to reports, Edena was killed by her boyfriend early Sunday in a crazy attempt at an exorcism. The police responded to a 911 call just before 3.a.m.
Police took 30-year-old Lamar Davenport into custody and he was charged with second-degree murder early Monday after a psychiatric evaluation at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.
George Hudacko, was the neighbour who witnessed the murder from his third-floor apartment and placed the 911 call. He said that Davenport screamed “Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils! In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out!” as he attacked Hines.
“The girl was making a lot of noise, screaming,” Hudacko told the New York Post, adding. “I called 911 — I was begging them to come.”
Freeman issued a statement on Sunday saying that “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.”
The award winning actor also took to his Facebook page to write:
“I want to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of love and support my family has received regarding the tragic and senseless passing of my granddaughter Edena Hines.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”