"Sea of Blue" Scheduled Tonight to Honor Fallen Memphis Police Officer

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This evening, a procession of police squad cars with flashing lights will honor Memphis Police officer Martoiya Lang, who was killed in the line of duty last Friday morning.

The staging will begin at 2641 North Hollywood behind Burger King at 5 p.m., and the procession will travel southbound on Hollywood to I-40 at 5:30 p.m. From there, the cars will travel along the Interstate to Hope Presbyterian Church on Walnut Grove, where a visitation for Lang will begin.

The Memphis Fire Department will station a ladder truck flying an American flag on the Interstate near 1062 Mendenhall Cove, where Lang was shot on Friday while serving a drug search warrant. The 21-year-old shooter has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder for shooting officer William Vrooman, who recovered and was released from the hospital on Friday.

Police are urging motorists to find alternate routes between 5:30 and 7 p.m. because the procession will cause significant delays.

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