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Funeral for fallen officer Lang

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Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Memphis Mayor A C Wharton
CORDOVA, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Funeral services for Memphis Police Officer Martoiya Lang were held early Friday afternoon at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova.

Funeral and burial services took place one week after she lost her life While trying to clean up the streets of Memphis.

At some point the time will come. When all the words of condolences have been exhausted. When our collective shock and anger will subside. When the well of tears will finally run dry.

But, that was not this day. For one week after Officer Lang paid the ultimate sacrifice, hundreds came to Hope Presbyterian Church to pay their final respects to a woman who strived to achieve the highest standards for herself and her family.

The funeral service was to have taken place at 11 a.m., but started about 30 minutes late because so many wanted to attend her funeral.

Officer Lang was serving a drug warrant to a home in the Berclair area Dec. 14 When she and her partner were shot.

Lang, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot in the upper torso and did not survive. She is the first female Memphis police officer to die in the line of duty.

She leaves behind a host of family members, including four girls ages 2, 12, 13 and 14.

"May Taylor, Darriah, Nyah and Zarice also focus on the 'what' question," said Rev. Craig Strickland, Hope Presbyterian Pastor. "What would you have them to do now? If their mom could speak to them today, she would very likely say to them, 'go on like I taught you. Carry out God's will for your lives.'"

During the ceremony few wanted to look back on the fateful day when Lang and her Organized Crime Unit partner were ambushed inside a Berclair house in an attempt to serve a narcotics warrant. Her colleague William Vrooman, who was also shot by alleged suspect Treveno Campbell, was among those in attendance at Friday's tribute.

However, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton did lament Lang's grim death ironically came during the time of the season when warmth and the generosity of mankind is suppose to be at its peak.

"While throughout our great city we were preparing for celebrations of peace and joy and birth, violence and villainy were also very much alive in our city," Mayor Wharton said.

Before grief stricken family members it was hard for Police Director, Toney Armstrong, to get a full hold on his emotions. He recalled going to the home of Lang's mother to offer words of comfort only to have the tables turned.

"She said to me, 'Director Armstrong, I'm not trying to make sense of any of this. I'm not confused. Martoiya did not belong to me. She belonged to God'," Director Armstrong said.

At some point we may understand God's plan for taking Martoiya Lang from us. But, that was not this day. 

After the 2-hour funeral, just like Thursday night's "Sea of Blue," several hundred police cruisers left in unison behind the hearse for Southwoods Memorial Park Cemetery.


FOX13 News reporters Earle Farrell and Les Smith contributed to this report.

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