Meredith Kercher's brother and sister held a press conference Friday morning in Florence, the day after an Italian court reinstated the guilty verdict for Seattle native Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito.
At their press conference, the Kercher family said that the lack of closure has taken its toll since Meredith Kercher was murdered in 2007.
I think we're still on the journey to the truth and it may be the fact that we don't ever really know what happened that night, which is obviously something we'll have to come to terms with, said Meredith s sister Stephanie Kercher.
Losing somebody close to you is difficult, losing somebody at that age and in the horrific circumstances that Meredith was killed is horrendous. And then to have media attention, worldwide media attention, and the fact that it's been drawn out over six years just makes it incredibly difficult for us, said Meredith s brother Lyle Kercher.
The same day Amanda Knox appeared on ABC's Good Morning America. She said she'll never willingly go back to Italy to face a 28 1/2-year prison sentence for a murder conviction that was upheld by an Italian court.
Speaking to Robin Roberts, the 26-year-old University of Washington student said she would fight this to the very end. She said the court's decision was unfair, considering she previously had been cleared.
The siblings also talked about a reported letter that Knox addressed to the Kercher family.
Kercher's sister said she hasn't seen it and doesn't want to read it at this time.
Amanda Knox is in a very different position to us. However, we have asked our wishes to be respected in that we would like to just be together as a family and remember Meredith in that sense and it's not something we'd want to do at the moment.
Police on Friday found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend near Italy's border with Slovenia and Austria, hours after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.
Raffaele Sollecito's lawyer, Luca Maori, said his client was in the area of Italy's northeastern border because that's where his current girlfriend lives, and that he went voluntarily to police.
However, the cabinet chief of the Udine police station, Giovanni Belmonte, said police showed up at about 1 a.m. Friday at a hotel in Venzone, a tiny town of 2,200 about 40 kilometers from the border, where Sollecito and the girlfriend were staying.
They brought him to the Udine police station, took his passport and put a stamp in his Italian identity papers showing that he cannot leave the country, as mandated by the appeals court in Florence.
Since the court didn't order Sollecito detained, he will be freed as soon as the paperwork is completed, Belmonte said. He said Sollecito was calm and came willingly to the station, with his girlfriend driving behind.
Asked if police thought he might have planned to flee the country, Belmonte said: We don't know his intentions. But he said police were tipped off to his presence in the hotel and came immediately.
In Italy, adults checking into hotels must hand over ID upon check-in. Hotels are then required to communicate the information to local police.
Italy's supreme court reinstated the guilty verdict Thursday against Knox and ex-boyfriend Sollecito. It was first handed down in 2009 in the slaying of a British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Meredith Kercher was murdered in her bedroom on November 1st, 2007 in Perugia.
The verdict was overturned in 2011, but the court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.