Actor Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter was found stabbed to death on Sunday on a Manhattan street. Police responded to a 911 call at about 3 A.M. this week and found 33-year-old E’Dena Hines lying on the street with multiple stab wounds to the chest. She was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital. Law enforcement says that Hines was found lying on the street with wounds to her torso near her New York City home.
A 30-year-old man was taken into police custody at the scene near West 162nd Street as he was seen kneeling over Hines’ body. Freeman issued a statement saying that “the world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer.” Hines had studied acting and was involved with teaching urban youth. She is the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife.
Freeman’s publicist said Sunday that Hines was technically the actor’s step-granddaughter but that he always referred to her as his granddaughter. Police initially said that she was his goddaughter. Police said that the murderer was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and is being treated as an emotionally disturbed person; no charges have been filed at this time.
“Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils, in the name of Jesus Christ! I cast you out!” the 30-year-old man repeatedly said, according to George Hudacko, 65, who saw the attack and called 911. The man who killed her was believed to be her current boyfriend and the motive was unclear.