Several hundred police officers, city officials, and the community gathered Wednesday evening to pay their respects to Officer Martoiya Lang during a candlelight prayer vigil at city hall plaza downtown.
Officer Lang, a 9-year veteran of the police force and a mother of four, was killed in the line of duty Dec. 14 while serving a drug warrant.
The deadly crime has sent shockwaves throughout the Bluff City and as far as The White House.
"There really are no words sufficient ... to express the debt we owe to Officer Lang," Mayor A C Wharton said.
Family members who attended the candlelight vigil said they're thankful for the outpouring of support, and so are her children.
Family members say they're thankful for the outpour of support- and so are her children.
"This one affects us a lot deeper cause she was a mother and an officer and she put her life on the line, truly did," said Col. Mary Balee.
"I happened to be her supervisor when she came to community policing," added Lt. Tyrone Currie. "She was well-rounded, all-around excellent person and this means so much that the community and law enforcement we give our respect to her and her family."
Officer Lang leaves behind four children ages 2, 12, 13, and 14. The vigil sprinkled prayer and comforting words.
As the men and women in blue continue to mourn their fallen officer, it's clear they will not forget the glow her legacy leaves behind.
Wednesday evening's candlelight vigil was one of many special tributes for the fallen officer, which will continue on Thursday and Friday.
A "Sea of Blue" procession of police officers will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, that will make its way to Hope Presbyterian Church on Walnut Grove in Cordova. A wake for Officer takes place from 4-8 p.m. at Hope Presbyterian.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Hope Presbyterian, followed by internment at Southwoods Memorial Park Cemetery.
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