Amanda Knox has a lot of memories of Meredith Kercher: grocery shopping, sunbathing, drinking espresso, Kercher's accent, buying vintage dresses. But Knox also remembers "the last time I saw her, 10 years ago today, slinging her purse over her shoulder and waving goodbye to me on her way out to meet up with her British friends." On the 10th anniversary of Kercher being "raped and murdered by a burglar" in Perugia, Italy, Knox used a piece in Westside Seattle to do something she felt she hadn't been allowed to for the past decade: mourn Kercher. "Something Meredith’s friends, family, supporters, and I all have in common is that Meredith’s death changed our lives. It opened our eyes to the terrible fact that, sometimes, innocent people suffer."
Knox says her memories of Kercher feel distant "because I have to dig through a decade of suffering just to reach them." She says the memories "are buried beneath the horrific autopsy photos and crime scene footage I saw, the slurs I was called, the death threats I received (and still receive), the false accusations I fought, the years of wrongful imprisonment I endured, the multiple trials and slanderous headlines that juxtaposed our names and faces, unfairly interlocking her death with my identity." Knox adds that "no one can ever give Meredith back her life, or me the years of life I lost to wrongful imprisonment." She ends by acknowledging that mourning Kercher "comes at the price of being criticized for anything I say or don’t say today." Read the full piece here. (Read more Amanda Knox stories.)