Morgan Freeman's Granddaughter Stabbed to Death in Washington Heights: Police | NBC New York

Morgan Freeman's Granddaughter Stabbed to Death in Washington Heights: Police

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    The granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman was stabbed to death in Manhattan early Sunday morning, police said. (Published Monday, Aug. 17, 2015)

    The granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman was stabbed to death in Manhattan early Sunday morning, police said.

    Police responded to a call of a stabbing just before 3 a.m. in Washington Heights. When officers arrived, they found E'Dena Hines, 33, lying in the street with multiple stab wounds in the torso, according to police.

    EMS rushed Hines to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

    A 30-year-old man who police say was in a relationship with Hines was taken into custody at the scene — in front of Hines' apartment on West 162nd Street. Police say Lamar Davenport was charged with second-degree murder. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

    Freeman mourned Hines in a statement Sunday, saying: "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."

    The actor also thanked fans for the "tremendous outpouring of love and support" following news of Hines' death in a post on his Facebook page.

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    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. -M

    Posted by Morgan Freeman on Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Hines shared Freeman's love of acting, and appeared in a small role in "12 Flights Up", a drama starring her grandfather and Diane Keaton. She studied at New York University's graduate acting program, according to her website. 

    She also taught under-exposed children in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. 

    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.

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