Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter stabbed to death

Updated: 2015-08-17
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Tragic death: Police say Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter E'Dena Hines, 33, was stabbed to death on a Manhattan sidewalk early on Sunday. Police say her 'ex-boyfriend' was standing over her body screaming incoherently when they arrived at the scene
Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter was allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend on a Manhattan sidewalk early on Sunday morning in an apparent 'exorcism.'
Witness Brydon Tarafa, 28, told Dailymail.com that he was in his apartment when he heard 'Jesus Christ is born'.
'I heard the man yelling 'Jesus Christ is born', like yelling, screaming maniacally,' Tarafa said. 'And I heard a woman scream shortly before that.'
When police arrived they found E'Dena Hines, 33, unresponsive with stab wounds to her torso outside an apartment building close to her home in the Washington Heights area of New York City just before 3am.
'Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils! In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out!,' the boyfriend screamed, said George Hudacko, 65, who witnessed the attack from his window in Washington Heights and called 911
According to reports, police discovered her 'live-in boyfriend' was standing over her body sc
reaming and the knife was recovered at the scene.
Authorities later took him to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
Witnesses told The New York Post that the man continued to stab Hines' lifeless body until police arrested him.
'The girl was making a lot of noise, screaming,' Hudacko told the New York Post of Hines.
Tarafa said he didn’t think much of the screaming at first because there’s a church across the street and ‘sometimes there's people yelling and kids running around’.
He soon realized that it was too late for kids to be outside playing, so he ran to his window to see what was happening.
‘I go to my window and I see some people standing in the street watching something. And right then two police cars come in and I notice there's someone over here right in front of my doorway, and the guy gets off of the girl, and the police go and put him in handcuffs,’ he said.
Tarafa, who lived in the building above where the incident occurred, said that he had ‘never seen that kind of violence happen so close to home’ and that it was ‘very scary’, and that he’s ‘definitely reconsidering’ his safety in the neighborhood.
He didn’t know Hines, but said that he wished he could have done something to save her life.
‘Maybe if I had gone to the window sooner and thought it was more of an emergency situation sooner, then maybe I could have called and the police could have gotten here faster,’ Tarafa said.
Hines is the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. She is sometimes referred as Freeman's goddaughter in addition to his step-granddaughter.
E'Dena Hines was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital shortly after the stabbing.
Police have not yet said if the man is facing any charges nor do they know what made him ‘snap’.
Morgan Freeman reflected on Hines's talent and said she would be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.
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