Five years after the brutal 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher and the subsequent high profile trial of Amanda Knox that made international headlines, the victim’s sister is opening up about how she learned about the brutal killing.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Stephanie Kercher relives the horrific day that she learned that her little sister had been murdered in one of the most covered crimes of the decade and spawned the high profile trials of Meredith’s roommate, Amanda Knox, Knox’s boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede – and RadarOnline.com has the details.
The 29-year-old rehashes the painful way she learned that her 21-year-old sister, who was known to friends and family as Mez, was murdered.
“One evening in November 2007, my mother rang, sounding worried, to tell me a British student had been killed in Perugia, where Meredith was studying. After a moment of panic, I scanned a news website – and was relieved to see the victim was 22 years old. ‘Meredith’s 21; it can’t be her,’ I reassured Mum,” Stephanie reveals, adding that she was just exchanging text messages with her sister about a Halloween party she had been invited to.
“But just to be sure, I copied the link and emailed it to Mez before trying to call her.
“When she didn’t answer, I sent her a text: ‘Be careful, and give me or Mum a call, because everyone’s worried. Love You.’ Then, I carried on with my evening, not realizing that Meredith would never read my message – or that our lives would never be the same again.”
She found out from her father just three hours later that the girl who’d been found dead was in fact, her sister.
“Feeling sick and shaking all over, I knew I couldn’t drive. So while I cried in the passenger seat, a friend gave me a lift home to Surrey, where Mum, Dad, John, and Lyle had gathered. Still not quite believing it, all I could do when I arrived was collapse in tears in my parents’ arms.”
When she saw her sister on the news that evening, it was almost impossible for her fathom that it was a reality.
“When Mez’s picture appeared on the TV screen, I thought at first it wasn’t her. But maybe I just didn’t want to believe it. She was in her Halloween outfit, with straight dark hair and red lipstick – taken at the party she’d been so excited about. My sister had been found in her bedroom, sexually assaulted and with 47 different wounds, including stab wounds to her throat. I couldn’t stop thinking about what she must have been through.”
She even admits that in the three days leading up to the family’s trip to Italy to identify the body, that she “held on to a glimmer of hope that a mistake had been made and it wasn’t her.”