November 2 marked the one-year anniversary of the brutal murder of the English Erasmus student Meredith Kercher. The picturesque central Italian town of Perugia commemorated Kercher's death with a church service, while friends left flowers and lit candles outside the cottage that she shared with one of the murder suspects, 21-year-old American student from Seattle, Amanda Knox.
Kercher, who studied at Leeds University, went to Perugia to learn Italian and pursue a European studies degree. She had been in the medieval city for only two months when police found her body, with more than 40 wounds, lying on floor of her bedroom. Prosecutors posit that Kercher was killed during a ‘sex game' gone awry with Knox; an Italian student, Raffalle Sollecito; and an Ivory Coast national, Rudy Guede.