Lamar Davenport, of New York City, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old E’Dena Hines, the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, the Associated Press reports.
Hines was found lying in the street outside her New York City home at about 3 a.m. on Sunday. She had suffered multiple stab wounds to her torso, the New York Police Department confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE.
A 30-year-old man, later identified as Davenport, was taken into custody at the scene. EMS rushed Hines to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police say Davenport and Hines were in a relationship. A witness told CBS News that he heard Hines and Davenport arguing from his apartment window about an hour before her body was found. The witness said it seemed as if Davenport was trying to perform an exorcism, yelling things like “Devil, be gone.”
Witnesses similarly told Newsday that Davenport was trying to “exorcise” Hines’ “demons.”
It is unclear whether Davenport has an attorney.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Freeman reflected on his step-granddaughter’s talent, 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 posted a grateful message to Facebook, thanking fans for their “tremendous outpouring of love and support.”
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