“I just wanted to say that I’m incredibly grateful for what has happened, for the justice I’ve received, for the support that I’ve had from everyone – from my family, from my friends to strangers, people like you,” she said on Friday night,according to KING5. “You’ve saved my life and I’m so grateful. And I’m so grateful to have my life back.”
Knox, 27, and boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito had been convicted of the 2007 murder of her roommate, British exchange student Meredith Kercher, and served four years in prison in Italy before their convictions were overturned in 2011. But last year a Florence court reinstated their guilty verdicts and sentenced them to 28 years and 25 years, respectively.
When asked what the future holds for her, Knox responded, “I don’t know. I’m still absorbing the present moment, which is full of joy.”
Knox’s mother, Edda Mellas, also spoke to the assembled reporters, saying, “We’re so grateful. I know you’re all here but we really need time as a family to digest. And again – so thankful that everything is finally right.”
Asked if she had some words for Kercher’s family, Knox said, “Meredith was my friend … She deserved so much in this life. I’m the lucky one.”