Morgan Freeman mourns loss of E'Dena Hines, his granddaughter

Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter E'Dena Hines was stabbed to death. She was an actor and writer. 

(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File
Executive producer Lori McCreary, left, listens as Morgan Freeman speaks onstage in July during the "Madam Secretary" panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Freeman's granddaughter, Edena Hines, was stabbed to death Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Manhattan.

Police have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with the fatal stabbing of actor Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter on a Manhattan street.

Lamar Davenport, of New York City, was charged with second-degree murder on Monday, a day after 33-year-old Edena Hines was found lying on the street with multiple stab wounds to the chest.

Police say the Davenport was in a relationship with Hines. She was found in front of her apartment building on West 162nd Street and was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.

Freeman issued a statement saying that "The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer." Hines studied for three years at New York University’s graduate acting program, and taught underprivileged youth in Memphis. She's the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. Their marriage lasted from 1967 to 1979.

According to her website, Hines was an actress and writer.

In a recent blog she wrote:




Thats probably the first three words that pop up into people's heads when they think about me.

In high school, my theater teacher deemed me "the pistol" and I took it as an insult. I couldn't understand why other people seemed to have nicknames that connoted a personality and mine was an object. One girl was the fair queen, another was the peacemaker and I was a steel gun. 

My mother sat me down and explained that it was because I brought the heat. Still didn't get it.

Then during my orientation at NYU, Mark Wing Davey said some very valuable words: 


Wow! Is that what I had been doing? 

I thought I was the group cheerleader, giving them what they needed to keep going cause I was blessed with exuberant amounts of energy, but, I was more exhausted when it counted. While everyone else would be relaxing on breaks, I was entertaining or so I thought. I also became aware that my voice was always heard above others which meant they all knew about me, but I didn't actually know a lot about them.

If your mouth is always moving then your ears are not listening. There is no ability for you to listen while talking and if you are not receiving anything from the person you're talking to then you're actually just monologuing to an audience that will begin to resent you. 

of stories this month > Get unlimited stories
You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Unlimited digital access $11/month.

Get unlimited Monitor journalism.