More details are coming out about the death of Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter, who was stabbed to death outside of her New York City apartment on Sunday morning. E'Dena Hines was killed by her boyfriend, who may have been performing an exorcism, witnesses told multiple news outlets.
Lamar Davenport has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Hines, 33, the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife and an aspiring actress in the New York theater scene, the Associated Press reports.
Hines was found lying in the street outside her New York City home at about 3 a.m. on Sunday. She suffered multiple stab wounds to her torso, the New York Police Department confirmed in a statement, and was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital a short time later.
A 30-year-old man, later identified as Davenport, was taken into custody at the scene. According to police, Davenport and Hines were in a relationship. A witness told CBS News that he heard them arguing from his apartment window about an hour before her body was found. He adds that Davenport was yelling things like, "Devil, be gone."
Freeman opened up about the tragedy on Monday, telling People magazine, "The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer." The Oscar winner adds, "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 actor also posted a message to Facebook thanking fans for the "tremendous outpouring of love and support."
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