Hours before Morgan Freeman learned that his granddaughter had been stabbed to death, he was out partying in Martha's Vineyard, it has emerged.
The actor was celebrating the 80th birthday of civil rights activist Vernon Jordan at the Farm Neck Gold Club in Massachusetts.
Bill and Hillary Clinton were also at the party, where they were seen dancing. Jordan was once an adviser to President Clinton.
They were joined by the Obamas and other famous faces, including Harvard historian Henry Louis Gates.
Little did Freeman know that his life would change dramatically within hours – when he would learn of the grisly murder of his step-granddaughter, E'Dena Hines.
The 33-year-old actress was found stabbed numerous times in the street in Harlem, New York in the early hours of Sunday.
Second-degree murder charges have been filed against her live-in boyfriend, fellow actor Lamar Davenport.
Witnesses told INSIDE EDITION that they saw a man standing over the woman’s body.
"It sounded like an exorcism," neighbor Bryndon Tarafa said. "He was screaming at the top of his lungs, 'Jesus Christ is born.' I thought it was crazy - I didn't know what to think."
Another witness, George Hudacko, added that the man shouted: “Holy God, Jesus Christ, demons be out!”
After her death, Freeman released a statement.
"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," he said.
"Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace."
Hines was the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. The couple was married for 12 years before divorcing in 1979.
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