Knox Supporters Weep, Cheer Upon Verdict

'I'm sure she's wounded,' says family friend

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 3, 2011 5:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tears flowed as people clapped and cheered at a gathering of Amanda Knox's friends and family in Seattle today, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. Gathered around a television at the Fairmount Hotel, where they had stayed overnight, the group of more than 30 was uncertain what had happened until they heard a key word translated from Italian: "Overturned." In the bedlam, the Los Angeles Times reports, one man shouted: "Guess what, guilters: We frickin' beat 'em, man!"

Others huddled together in prayer—"remembering Meredith," said an old friend of Knox's mother, referring to murder victim Meredith Kercher. "Meredith lost her life. And we never lost sight of that. Never ever." A parent of an old Knox school chum also sounded a somber note, telling the Seattle Times that Knox would need help upon returning home: "Imagine being behind cement walls and bars for four years, and knowing you're innocent," he said. "I'm sure she's wounded."

Supporters of Amanda Knox react as they watch a television news broadcast about her successful appeal verdict, in a hotel suite in downtown Seattle Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Supporters of Amanda Knox react as they watch a television news broadcast about her successful appeal verdict, in a hotel suite in downtown Seattle Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A portrait of Amanda Knox, left, sits next to a photo of Meredith Kercher as Knox supporters react after watching a broadcast of her appeal in a hotel suite in downtown Seattle Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Supporters of Amanda Knox react as they watch a television news broadcast about her appeal verdict as they sit in a hotel suite in downtown Seattle Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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