The brutal murder of E’Dena Hines is one step closer to being solved. The step-granddaughter of Morgan Freeman was brutally stabbed to death on Sunday near her apartment in NYC, in the street. The 33-year-old woman was pronounced dead in an area hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds to her torso. Now, Raw Story reports that her live-in boyfriend has been charged in her death.
Jezebel reports that 30-year-old Lamar Davenport was seen stabbing the woman while ranting about demons. He reportedly said “Get out, devils. I cast you out, devils,” as he stabbed her. A witness says that the murder appeared to be an exorcism attempt. The man has been charged with second-degree murder.
Good Lord…RIP E’Dena Hines that’s crazyy.
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E’Dena Hines was the step-granddaughter of beloved actor Morgan Freeman — the granddaughter of his first wife. However, he has always simply referred to her as his granddaughter. When news of her shocking murder rocked media headlines yesterday, the actor released a heart-wrenching statement via Facebook.
“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.”
E’Dena’s case definitely attracted attention due to the fact that her grandfather is an incredibly famous actor. However, the apparent religious motive behind her death is also noteworthy. Earlier this year, the Inquisitr reported that a Maryland woman killed her two young children during an attempted exorcism. There are also notorious cases involving murders and the claims of “demonic possession.” One such case involves Cheyenne Johnson, who became the first person in America to attempt to prove innocence based on the claim of demon possession.
Aside from the fame and religious aspects in this case, the domestic violence elements cannot be ignored. E’Dena Hines was only one of thousands of women who have been murdered at the hands of an intimate partner. The Huffington Post reported in 2014 that more than 1,500 women were murdered by their intimate partners in 2011. At this point, it’s not known publicly if E’Dena Hines was the victim of ongoing domestic violence, but her death has been marked as another case of intimate partner violence, nonetheless.
[Photo: Lamar Davenport / Facebook]