(Memphis) – Memphis police and officers from across the Mid-South created a sea of blue Thursday night. They were honoring and remembering Officer Martoiya Lang. The mother, of four daughters, was killed serving a search warrant on the 1,000 block of Mendenhall Cove December 14.
Most of the officers never knew Officer Lang but that didn’t stop their grief.
“Everybody here is family. Most of us have never met. But, any of us would stand up and help the other if we could,” Fayette County Deputy Corey Traughber said.
“All of us put our lives on the line everyday and when one of us goes down we really come together as a community of law enforcement officers,” Desoto County Deputy Mike Cowan said.”It’s heart breaking for all of us and it`s a wake up call for all of our
families. We are here to pay our respects to the fallen officer and officers everywhere.”
It wasn’t just police honoring Officer Lang.
“That’s someone who got up to protect and serve us. So, I wanted to come out and show my support for the kids really,” Memphis resident Theresa Pettigrew said.
Pettigrew brought her family to see the procession.
“You want to cry and you really want to go out there and hug your kids just a little bit tighter,” she said.
She hopes Officers Lang’s four daughters see the outpouring of support for their mom and know the whole community is grieving with them.