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.
(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)