Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter was stabbed to death in New York, allegedly by her boyfriend who invoked devil after attacking her. E'Dena Hines, 33, was found on a Manhattan street early Sunday morning with multiple stab wounds, officials said. She was pronounced dead in a hospital shortly after.
Officers responding to a 911 call, found Hines lying in the street outside her home on the 400 block of W 162nd Street at about 3am, where she was suffering from multiple stab wounds to her torso, stated New York City Police Department. Her boyfriend had allegedly yelled: "Get out devils! I cast you out devils, in the name of Jesus Christ! I cast you out!" as he carried out the attack, witness George Hudacko told the New York Post. A 30-year-old man who police said was the boyfriend was taken into custody and hospitalised for a psychological evaluation, police told the New York Times.
Though they were not directly related, the victim's grandmother had once been married to Freeman, the Times reported. Hines appeared as a receptionist in the film 5 Flights Up, which was released in May and also features Freeman. In a Facebook posting, Freeman called the death "tragic and senseless."
In a statement from his publicist on Sunday, Freeman said: "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"
Freeman called Hines' death "senseless and tragic" in a Facebook post. "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," he wrote.
According to Hines' website, she studied acting at New York University's prestigious Graduate Acting Program. She also taught "under-exposed youths" in Memphis, Tennessee. Freeman is known internationally for his presence in a plethora of films and television shows and he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for his role in Million Dollar Baby.