The live-in boyfriend of actor Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter was charged on Monday with her murder, police said.
E’Dena Hines, 33, was found fatally stabbed early on Sunday in a street near her apartment in the city’s Washington Heights neighborhood, according to the New York Police Department. She suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Lamar Davenport, 30, was taken into custody and transferred to a hospital for mental evaluation, police said. He had been seen by witnesses attacking Hines, yelling “Get out, devils. I cast you out, devils,” according to reports in the Daily News and New York Post. According to the police he was charged early on Monday with second-degree murder and remained hospitalized under evaluation.
Hines studied acting at New York University and was an actor, writer and acting instructor, according to her website.
Freeman released a statement about her death.
“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,” Freeman said in the statement. “Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.”
“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,” Freeman said in a posting on his Facebook page. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”