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Rites today for officer slain in Fort Worth

Rites today for officer slain in Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH - The funeral for a Fort Worth police officer killed in a shootout last week has been scheduled for Monday.

Henry "Hank" Nava, 39, died at Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital Thursday, two days after he was shot while searching for a fugitive at a mobile home in Fort Worth.

Monday's funeral will be held at Birchman Baptist Church, with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.

Investigators say Stephen Lance Heard, 39, a convicted felon on parole, fired a handgun as Nava opened a bedroom door while searching a mobile home Tuesday.

After the shooting, Heard forced his way into a nearby home and held a woman hostage for about two hours before releasing her and eventually surrendering, authorities said.

Heard faces charges of capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.

Officer Bruce Southey said Nava always came to work with a smile.

"He was always so excited to get going," he said. "We'd be in here tired from the day before. But he'd be raring to go."

Nava also was known for his closeness to his family. He is survived by his wife, Teresa, and their two young children - 9-year-old KayLeigh and 4-year-old Justin.

Pictures of his kids could be found in is car, on his computer and on his cell phone.

"Those kids loved him," Officer Royce Hearne said. "It was simply magic the way he interacted with his kids."

At his funeral Monday, members of the Fort Worth Symphony will perform as a string quartet. Nava served as a uniformed security officer at Concerts in the Garden, symphony officials said.

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