Arline, Meredith's mother, recalled her loss. "Her death was unreal in many ways, and still is," she said in June. The violent nature of her death made it even worse. "We will never, never get over this," Arline Kercher said. "It's such a shock to send your child to school and not have her come back…I still look for her."
Before leaving for Italy, Meredith's father, John Kercher, a free-lance journalist, wrote a story in which he described for the first time how he found out she had died.
"I am at home when Meredith's mother Arline calls to say she's heard reports that a British girl student has been murdered in Perugia," Kercher wrote on June 6 in the English Daily Mirror.
"Obviously, there is concern. But there are thousands of British students in Perugia, and you try to use that as a calming influence."
But after dozens of calls fruitless calls to Meredith's phone over the course of an hour, "my instincts have kicked in. I have to get information fast," he continues.
He asked his colleagues at the Mirror for help. "There's some reluctance from the woman on the phone to give me the information. But I shall never forget her words: 'The name going around Italy is Meredith.'"
"I drop the phone. I don't believe it and think there must be a mistake. But I know it's probably true."
His fears turned to fact and the family traveled to Italy to identify and retrieve Meredith's body.
"At the morgue.... Arline and Stephanie go in to see Meredith. But I can't because it would have put a full stop to my memory of her. I had last seen her a couple of weeks before…we met for a coffee and she showed mo some boots she had bought. I want that to be the one memory of my daughter I hold in my mind for ever," John Kercher wrote.
Arline and John Kercher plan to return to Perugia in December for the end of the trial.