Morgan Freeman‘s 33-year-old step-granddaughter was fatally stabbed early Sunday in New York City, PEOPLE has confirmed.
A 30-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene and taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, the NYPD said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Responding officers found E’Dena Hines lying in the street outside her home on the 400 block of W. 162nd Street at about 3 a.m., where she was suffering from multiple stab wounds to her torso, according to the statement.
Hines, the granddaughter of Morgan’s first wife, was taken by EMS to Harlem Hospital and pronounced dead, according to the statement.
The investigation is ongoing.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Morgan Freeman reflected on her talent and how she touched the lives of those who knew her.
“The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer,” he said. “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.”
According to Hines’ website, she studied acting at New York University’s prestigious Graduate Acting Program. She also taught “under-exposed youths” in Memphis, Tennessee.
In a recent blog post, Hines wrote about how she is often described as “energetic, loud, and animated.”
“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,” she wrote. “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.
“Ahhhhh…. There is something beautiful in knowing you can find your stillness and be silent, but you can also be a ball of power,” she continued.
Hines was active in the acting community in New York City, often writing about it on her Facebook page and sharing playful photos.
• Additional reporting by ELIZABETH LEONARD
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