(MEMPHIS) Officer Martoiya Lang's aunt and cousins lit the candle in front of City Hall, sharing her love and spirit with the hundreds of police officers, family, friends who stood before her photograph to say we honor you.
Many worried about her children, especially Margaret Banks.
“Everyone talks about their mother giving the ultimate sacrifice, it's really them who gave the ultimate sacrifice”, she said.
Banks’ father is a retired MPD officer. Her biggest fear in childhood was that he wouldn't come back home.
“Every time you hear something on news about an officer being injured or an officer shot the whole world stops until you hear the name” Banks said.
“It's still surreal, I can't believe it”, added Sabrina Scott.
She and Lang went to school together, worked together, and both became moms.
“She’s a wonderful person, sweet and hard-working”, said Scott.
Police director Toney Armstrong reminded his force to stay focused. Mayor A C Wharton asked us all to reach out, make Memphis a better place. He said to do it not for Officer Lang but for her kids.