Paul Dennis Reid, who was sentenced to death for the 1997 murders of seven Middle Tennessee fast food workers, most of them teenagers, has died.
Reid, 55, died Friday afternoon at Nashville General Hospital, where he had been recently moved due to a medical condition.
Reid was found guilty in the deaths of:
Sarah Jackson, 16, and Steve Hampton, 25, at the Captain D's in Donelson.
Andrea Brown, 17, Ronald Santiago, 27, and Robert Sewell Jr., 23, at the McDonalds in Hermitage.
Angela Holmes, 21, and Michelle Mace, 16, at the Baskin-Robbins in Clarksville.
He was also convicted of the attempted first degree murder of Antonio Gonzalez.
The Tennessee Department of Correction said Reid's cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner's office.
Earlier this week, families of Reid's victims were upset that he had been moved from a state facility to a public hospital, although TDOC would not confirm the transfer.
Doyle Brown, who moved to Perry County, still comes to Hermitage to tend his daughter's grave.
Andrea Brown was an 11th-grader at Hume-Fogg working at the McDonald's on Lebanon Pike in Hermitage because, like any teenager, she wanted a car.
"He's killed more people than any other person in prison," said Doyle Brown. "My daughter's been dead for 16 years now."
Deanna Hampton has also suffered for 16 years, raising three children on her own because her husband Steve was murdered at the Captain D's in Donelson.
The night of Reid's arrest, he mouthed the words "I did not do this" to Deanna Hampton.
Deanna Hampton said earlier this week she would like Reid to admit to committing the murders before he dies.
"I'm on the fence," said Deanna Hampton. "I kind of want it to be over with, but at the same time, I don't, because I have that selfish part of me that wants him to admit it. I want that final closure confirmation."
Reid's family released a statement Friday evening:
"Our brother, Paul Dennis Reid Jr., passed from this life into the arms of our Heavenly Father on Nov. 1, 2013. This has been a very painful chapter in our family's journey. We know that the victims' families have also suffered and we are very sorry for that. We hope this brings them closure. We are grateful to the medical professionals who cared for Paul during his last days. We are mindful of the intense publicity that this case has garnered. We ask that our family be allowed to grieve in private. We will make no further statements."
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