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Austin elementary school dedicated to police officer killed in 2012 Wal-Mart shooting

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AUSTIN, Texas — Austin officials have named a new city elementary school in honor of a slain police officer.

Officer Jaime Padron's (HEYE'-may pah-DRONE') two daughters joined Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo on Sunday for the ribbon cutting and dedication before a crowd of hundreds of people. Padron was fatally shot in 2012 while answering a shoplifting call at a Wal-Mart.

The $30 million school opened this fall and is the largest elementary school in the city. It spans 150,000 square feet and has 57 classrooms that serve 700 students.

Organizers say they hope the memory of Padron's sacrifice reinforces the bond between officers and the community.

Padron's killer, Brandon Daniel, was convicted of capital murder in February and sentenced to death.

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