This story was updated on Aug. 17 at 10:57 a.m. ET to reflect the murder charges.
E'Dena Hines, Morgan Freeman's granddaughter, was stabbed to death outside her Washington Heights home on West 162nd Street in New York City early Sunday morning. The man charged with her murder on Monday was her boyfriend, according to police. He has been arrested.
Hines was the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw.
Police responding to a 911 call at about 3 a.m. found the 33-year-old Hines lying on the street with multiple stab wounds to the torso. She was transported to Harlem Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. A 30-year-old man was taken into police custody at the scene.
In a statement, Freeman said, "The world will never know her artistry in 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."
He posted an additional message on Facebook, thanking fans for their condolences.
Hines had studied acting and was involved with teaching urban youth.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press
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