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Slain Police Officer’s Son Changes Name To Honor Dad

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FORT WORTH (AP) - A North Texas boy whose police officer father was killed in the line of duty has changed his name to honor his dad.

A judge in Fort Worth on Thursday approved 10-year-old Justin Nava changing his name to Henry Nava III.

Fort Worth police Officer Henry “Hank” Nava was fatally shot in 2005. A parole violator convicted of the killing was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The officer’s widow, Teresa Nava-Salazar, says the couple’s son approached her about a year ago asking to be allowed to have his father’s name.

The boy says some of his friends started calling him Henry even before the name change was official.

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