20 Dec 2012
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
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A "Sea of Blue" procession in honor of slain Memphis Police Department Officer Martoiya Lang will begin at 5:30 p.m. today.
The procession of Memphis Police Department vehicles will depart from the 2600 block of Hollywood, heading south to eastbound Interstate 40 to Walnut Grove and will end up at Hope Presbyterian Church.
Two police cars and a Memphis Fire Department ladder flying an American flag will be located on the interstate behind 1062 N. Mendenhall Cove, the address where Lang was fatally shot while serving a search warrant last Friday.
The first visitation for officer Lange was held from will 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, at M.J. Edwards Funeral Home at 1165 Airways. Throughout the city, people paused at 11 a.m. as part of an "hour of remembrance" for Lang called for earlier this week by organizers of the We Bleed Blue campaign. Many adhered to the group's call to demonstrate unity for first-responders by wearing something blue.
A second visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Hope Presbyterian Church at 8500 Walnut Grove.
The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Hope Presbyterian Church.
Wednesday night, scores of people gathered on the City Hall Plaza in a candlelight vigil in Lang's memory.
"Let us carry on in her memory, making Memphis a better place," Mayor AC Wharton Jr. told the heart-heavy crowd.
"We've been through this before and it won't get easier, but we will get through it," Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said.
A member of the Organized Crime Unit, Lang, 32 was the mother of four children.
The accused shooter, 21-year-old Treveno Campbell, is charged with first-degree murder in Lang's death, and with attempted first-degree murder for critically wounding Lang's partner, William Vrooman, who was treated and later released from The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.