The step-granddaughter of Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was the victim of a fatal stabbing attack in the early morning hours of August 16 in New York City. The body of E’Dena Hines, 33, was discovered outside her house with over a dozen stab wounds around her torso and was rushed to nearby Harlem Hospital—she eventually succumbed to her injuries and doctors pronounced her dead.
NYPD arrested 30-year-old Lamar Davenport, who was found near Hines’ body—Davenport is rumored to be Hines’ boyfriend. He allegedly tried to perform an exorcism on her before stabbing her repeatedly. Witnesses claim that he was yelling, “Get out, devils. In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out,” over the body and continued his attack even after she stopped showing any sign of life. Davenport, who has had trouble with drugs in the past, was subsequently taken to the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Police have since charged him with second-degree murder.
Freeman, 78, released a statement to pay tribute to his late grandchild. He said that the world would never know “how much she had to offer,” but that those who knew her were very fortunate. “Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace,” he concluded.
The Shawshank Redemption actor was very close to Hines, despite the fact that they had no blood relation. She would sometimes join him on the red carpet for movie premieres and award functions. Hines was actually the biological granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw.
“Morgan Freeman Pays Tribute to Step-Granddaughter,” Female First web site, August 16, 2015; http://goo.gl/ywabw2.
Robinson, W., et al., “‘Get out, devils!’ Rapper boyfriend of Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter is charged with second-degree murder after she is stabbed to death on a New York street in ‘cocaine-fueled exorcism,’” Daily Mail web site, August 17, 2015; http://goo.gl/345kvZ.