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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bill to rename a rural stretch of highway in honor of a Utah officer killed there has been approved by the Utah Senate.

The Senate unanimously passed the measure this week. It would rename Utah state route 73 the "Cory B. Wride Memorial Highway." The bill now moves to the House.

Wride, a Utah County Sheriff's Sgt., was fatally shot on Jan. 30 while sitting behind the wheel of his patrol car on the side of the two-lane highway about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.

The suspected shooter, 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, later died after a cross-county crime spree ended with him being shot by police. His girlfriend, 17-year-old Meagan Grunwald, is charged with aggravated murder. Prosecutors say she was the driver and an active participant.

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