Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter stabbed to death

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Freeman and step-granddaughter

NEW YORK – Actor Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines, was stabbed to death allegedly by her boyfriend early Sunday in New York.

Hines was the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. The couple divorced in 1979 after 12 years of marriage, however spokesman Stan Rosenfield said Freeman has always referred to Hines as his granddaughter.

“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,” Freeman said in a statement. “Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.”

Responding to a 911 call in Manhattan’s Washington Heights just before 3 a.m. Sunday, police found Hines lying in the street. The 33-year-old had been stabbed multiple times in the upper body, the New York Police Department said.

According to the report, she was brought to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said they charged Hines’ boyfriend, 30-year-old Lamar Davenport, with murder and took him to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation pending his arraignment. They did not say what led to the stabbing.

A witness, George Hudacko, told WPIX he heard “two screeches” and looked out his window.

“I saw a man over a girl,” Hudacko said. “Then, all of a sudden, I heard this guy say something about God, Jesus. His hand was going up and down, so I ran in and got the phone.”

According to WPIX, Hudacko was among those who called 911, however police would not confirm that account.

In a blog post, Hine’s described herself as “Energetic. Loud. Animated.”

“[Those are] probably the first three words that pop up into people’s heads when they think about me,” she said.

She also said she had left New York for Memphis, Tennessee two years ago, because she felt unfulfilled. But, recently, she auditioned for a part in an independent movie, won the role and returned to New York. And, on July 7, she said she had begun filming a week earlier.

“My dream has come true, and it’s just beginning,” Hine’s said. “Life can make you want to give up or walk away. Sometimes, it gives you the strength to appreciate when you do get your happy ending.”

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