New Delhi: Morgan Freeman's 33-year-old step-granddaughter Edean Hines was stabbed to death in New York.
Hines was found on the street outside her apartment in Manhattan's Washington Heights. The deceased had close to 16 wounds on her upper body and was rushed to Harlem Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
An eye witness told the police that Hines' boyfriend was standing over her body and reciting Bible verses. As told by the witness to a new channel, “I heard him say something like ‘Devil, be gone, Jesus and God.”
The act of exorcism was confirmed by another witness who said, “He was kneeling over her and screaming about ‘God has arisen.”
The boyfriend Lamar Davenport, 30, has been arrested and charged with second degree murder after he underwent a psychiatric evaluation at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.
The award winning actor Morgan Freeman expressed his grief over his loss. "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."
Hines had recently auditioned for an independent movie for which she returned to New York after two years. She had a blog in which she described herself as exuberant.