LONDON — The father of slain British student Meredith Kercher has written a book about the life and loss of his daughter in a case that spawned a media frenzy. In it, he says too much of the media attention has been on Meredith’s roommate, Amanda Knox, and not on his daughter.
Meredith Kercher was found dead in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007 at the age of 21. Knox, the Seattle student who was her roommate, and Knox’s boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of her death, but their convictions were later overturned.
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton said Tuesday that John Kercher’s book, “Meredith: Our Daughter’s Murder and the Heartbreaking Quest for the Truth,” is a celebration of Meredith’s life and an account of the family’s “ongoing quest for justice.”
An excerpt of the book was published in the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper. John Kercher writes the media has been fixated mostly on Knox, including books and a television movie about her. He said it seemed as if Meredith had been forgotten.
Kercher explains how his family first learned of Meredith’s death from a TV news report and how his worst fears were confirmed when a reporter told him the name of the victim.
Kercher said he hopes that the book will keep Meredith’s case in the spotlight so that the family may one day find out the truth of who killed his daughter.
The book is due out in Britain and the U.S. on April 26 — ahead of highly-anticipated memoirs from both Knox and Sollecito.