Two days after the murder of his step-granddaughter, E'Dena Hines, in New York City, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is back at work. The 78-year old actor was spotted Tuesday on the set of his latest movie.
TMZ reported Freeman was back in action Tuesday, releasing a photo of the actor on set braving the New York City heat in a suit and tie under an umbrella. Freeman has been in New York shooting "Going in Style," a remake of the classic 1979 Art Carney/Lee Strasberg-starring heist film of the same name. The upcoming comedy is being directed by Zach Braff ("Scrubs," "Garden State") and co-stars veteran actors Alan Arkin and Michael Caine.
Freeman and his family were struck by tragedy early Sunday morning when Hines, 33, was found murdered in the street outside her home in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York. Police rushed Hines, who had been stabbed multiple times in the torso, to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police arrested Hines' boyfriend, Lamar Davenport, on the scene, where he was found kneeling over her body. Witnesses told Fox News that Davenport, 30, appeared to be stabbing Hines in a disturbing attempt at an exorcism an hour after the couple had been heard fighting. Witness George Hudacko told the news outlet he had heard Davenport shouting, "Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils! In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out!" Davenport was taken to Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was to undergo a psychological evaluation. He has since been charged with second-degree murder.
Freeman released a statement Sunday to mourn the loss of his step-granddaughter.
"The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer,” said Freeman, as People magazine reported. “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."
Freeman added to the statement on Facebook, thanking fans for their support.
“I want to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of love and support my family has received regarding the tragic and senseless passing of my granddaughter Edena Hines,” Freeman wrote. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The investigation into Hines' death is ongoing.