"All I can say is, again, thank you," said her mother, schoolteacher Edda Mellas. "It's because of the letters and calls and just the amazing people's support that we've received from all over the world, especially from Seattle, that we've been able to endure."
Kercher's family, for their part, seemed bewildered at the sudden reversal of Knox's conviction and her speedy exit from Italy.
"While we accept the decision that was handed down … we are now left obviously looking at this again and thinking how a decision that was so certain two years ago has been so emphatically overturned now, which obviously raises further questions," Kercher's brother, Lyle Kercher, told reporters in Perugia.
Her sister, Stephanie Kercher, said the family would wait for the outcome of the prosecution's likely appeal of the reversal, a process that could take a year — and the outcome of which probably depends on whether Knox would ever return to Italy to face the court.
"We don't want the wrong people put away for a crime they didn't commit," she said. "Having said that ... it may be a case of waiting another year now to get the truth."