Son of Slain Officer Changes Name to Honor Father

Justin Nava changes name to Henry Nava III

Friday, Nov 11, 2011  |  Updated 12:15 PM CDT
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Boy Changes Name to Honor Slain Father

Fort Worth Police Dept.

Fort Worth Police Officer Henry "Hank" Nava, Jr.'s son Justin legally changed his name to Henry Nava III.

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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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