SAN ANTONIO - A convicted murderer who went on a 24-hour killing spree back in 2014 has died in prison.
Charles Ray Hall, 32, had been serving a life sentence for the cruelly random murders of two men, 50-year-old Rogelio Ramos and 67-year-old Lawrence Carroll, carried out over the course of two days in late May of 2014.
Convicted for the shooting deaths in 2017, Hall was incarcerated at the Robert Stiles Unit in Beaumont.
According to the Custodial Death Report from the state attorney general's office, Hall was found unresponsive inside his cell during a routine security check on December 30th. The report states security staff observed Hall sitting upright on his bunk, and when they entered his cell, they discovered he wasn't breathing.
The report goes on to say that CPR was started as additional staff and local EMS were called in for assistance. Hall was then moved to the unit's infirmary area, where EMS took over life-saving measures. An on-call physician pronounced the 32-year-old dead at the unit.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice confirms an autopsy was performed January 2nd at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He says preliminary results indicate Hall died of natural causes.
The TDCJ spokesman says there were no signs of foul play, and Hall's death is not considered suspicious, nor related to any sort of incident at the Stiles Unit.
For the family of Rogelio Ramos, news of Hall's death has re-opened wounds.
"It takes you back to what happened on May 26th of 2014," says daughter Yolanda Ramos. "It takes you right back to it. It's something that we're always going to remember."
Rogelio, a father of four grown children who'd been married to his wife Irma for more than 30 years, was shot and killed outside a Valero gas station on Austin Highway. Rogelio and Hall did not know each other.
The next day, at an apartment complex north of downtown, Hall knocked on the door of his neighbor, Lawrence Carroll, and shot him to death.
He returned to the complex hours later and shot a security guard before opening fire and barely missing a local news reporter.
Yolanda Ramos says Hall's death definitely comes as a shock, but it doesn't ease her family's pain.
"That's something that we’re going to carry with us forever," Ramos says. "Whenever you least expect it, memories come to you, and you're like, 'But why?'".
Hall would not have been eligible for parole until the year 2044.