Morgan Freeman’s Granddaughter Fatally Stabbed in NYC
The granddaughter of Morgan Freeman was murdered early Sunday morning. E’dena Hines was stabbed by a 30-year-old man reported to be her boyfriend. Hines, 33, was an actress, and appeared in her grandfather’s movie, 5 Flights Up.
Hines was found lying in the street outside of her Washington Heights apartment with multiple stab wounds. She was rushed to Harlem Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Lamar Davenport,30, was kneeling over her body when found. Witnesses claim he was screaming about religion and yelling, “Get out, devils!” as he continuously stabbed Hines.
Davenport was taken into custody by the New York City Police Department. He was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center the where he is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. He has since been charged with second-degree murder.
Freeman was married to Hines’ grandmother, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw and adopted her daughter, Hines’ mother. He was also her godfather. While he divorced Bradshaw in 1979, he remained a part of Hines’ life bringing her to the Golden Globes in 2005 as well movie premieres.
The close relationship started rumors that the two were romantically involved, something Freeman ignored at first, but later addressed because they were picking up steam. He decided to set the record straight after they continued to gain traction in the media. Calling the rumors fabrications designed to sell newspapers, he claimed to be was upset that the scandalous story wasn’t limited to the gossip columns but spread to more legitimate media as well. Hines, for her part, called the rumors that she was romantically involved with her grandfather “hurtful to me and my family.”
Morgan Freeman released a statement after his granddaughter’s death saying:
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. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.
Hines studied acting at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. She had a part in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway.She was teaching in Memphis, Tennessee before returning to NY for a role in the indie film Landing Up. She was reportedly ecstatic over her acting career taking off.
There are reports that, Davenport, the man who killed her had been abused cocaine, pot, and alcohol. He has been arrested at least six times for minor drug related charges and petit larceny.