ABC NEWS said: When the judge cracked the tension by announcing that she was acquitted, Knox nearly collapsed. She was rushed out of the courtroom, barely able to walk, stumbling while being hauled along by court officers. The former exchange student was crying and doubled over, her head occasionally coming up for big breaths of air. Sitting stunned in the courtroom was Kercher's family. Her mother, Arline Kercher, sat stoicly long after the elated Knox family hugged each other fiercely and streamed out into the street where they were greeted by boos and the word: "DISGRACE." Knox's family has been a constant presence at the nearly year-long hearings, but Kercher's family has stayed away. The Kerchers arrived today to hear the verdict.
In her statement top the jury this morning, the woman known around the world as Foxy Knoxy for her calculated attempts at playing the vamp said she and the dead woman were friends.
She said: "I want to go home. I want to go back to my life. I don't want to be punished... I don't want my future taken away from me for something I didn't do because I am innocent. We had a friendship... She was concerned for me. She was always kind to me. She cared about me."