Travis Reinking in court - 8/22/18

Travis Reinking appeared in court on Aug. 22. (WSMV)

NASHVILLE (WSMV) - The man accused of killing four people at a Waffle House in Antioch last year has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Travis Reinking was arraigned on Wednesday morning. He waived his appearance in court.

Reinking is facing 17 charges, including several counts of first-degree murder.

Reinking was deemed competent to stand trial in October after spending two months in a mental health facility.

According to authorities, Reinking carried out the mass shooting with an AR-15 rifle at the restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike in the early morning hours of April 22, 2018.

The victims killed in the attack were 29-year-old Taurean Sanderlin, 20-year-old Joe Perez, 21-year-old DeEbony Groves and 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva.

During Wednesday's arraignment, family members of the victims and members of the Waffle House management team sat together in the courtroom. The mothers of Dasilva and Groves sat in the front row, wearing pins showing photos of their children.

"I feel like I want to be a part of every process. It's a healing process for me so I want to be a part of everything." said, Shaundelle Brooks, Akilah DaSilva’s mother.

"I lost my baby I lost a chance to see her graduate. I lost a chance to help her plan a wedding. I lost a chance for grandchildren. I feel like it's my right to be here to know what's going on," said Shirl Baker, mother of DeEbony Groves.

Although the Waffle House employees chose not to comment, the mothers said they are grateful for how involved they've been.

"Amazing. They check on me monthly, randomly. Just, 'Good morning, how are you?' They want to make sure that I have everything, if I need anything," Baker said.

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Rebecca Cardenas is a Murrow-award winning journalist who joined News4 as a reporter in September 2017.

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Kara is an Emmy Award-winning digital producer. She is a Cincinnati native and an alumna of the University of South Carolina. She previously worked at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Ga., before moving to Nashville five years ago to work at WSMV-TV.

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