Actor Morgan Freeman mourns the violent, tragic death of his 33 year-old step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines. She was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Lamar Davenport, in what appears to be a religious-related attack to rid her of demons.
New York police found Hines, 33, early Sunday morning lying in the street outside her apartment in Manhattan’s Washington Heights with some 16 stab wounds to her chest, police said. A man, described by police as her boyfriend, an aspiring rapper, was standing over her body shouting Bible verses and exorcism incantations. He was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for a psychological evaluation.
A witness who called emergency services claimed that Davenport screamed “Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils! In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out!” as he attacked Hines.
The Fox News report says Davenport had a history of drugs and alcohol abuse with several prior arrests. Drug use is suspected in this incident.
We too often post on cases of violence in the name of “exorcisms”. Last week we posted about the death of a 93 year old woman who was suffocated by a rosary when her daughter apparently assaulted her in a so-called exorcism. This current tragedy also reminds us of the horrific knife attack in Maryland in January 2014. Do we fault this religious teaching? Or is it just the outlet mentally disturbed or impaired people take? Obviously, many religious officials would say this is a warped version of the process and condemn it. Regardless, the concept of removing evil spirits from someone is almost never a positive and should always be condemned.