Memphis Police hold candlelight vigil for fallen officer

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – The darkened plaza outside Memphis City Hall was illuminated Wednesday night by candles lighted in memory of fallen officer Martoiya Lang.

"The memory of Martoiya will always be in our hearts," said MPD Director Toney Armstrong.  "We'll never forget her."

Hundreds of fellow officers filled the plaza five days after Lang's death during a drug raid.

"Please remember the ultimate sacrifice made by this officer," said another speaker.

Lang was remembered as a courageous law enforcer and a loving mother to four young daughters.  Action News 5 and our partners raised $70,000 and counting for them Wednesday along Union Avenue.

"I've noticed the billboards around the city and channel 5 and we've been collecting a lot in the city," said MPD Col. Mary Balee.  "We've gotten phone calls at the precinct. It's been tremendous and we really appreciate it."

President Obama invoked Lang's name while announcing a renewed war on gun violence.

"Since Friday morning, a police officer was gunned down in Memphis, leaving four children without their mother," said Obama.

Those attending the vigil pledged to carry on Martoiya Lang's memory through the kinds of actions for which she was known.

"Let us carry on making Memphis a better place," said Mayor A C Wharton.

Lang's family members were not ready to speak on camera.  They said the family appreciates the community's support.

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