London (CNN) -- Amid the massive global interest in the release of Amanda Knox's memoir, which depicts the events surrounding the brutal murder of her flatmate in Italy in 2007, it has been easy to overlook the victim, British exchange student Meredith Kercher.
And while Knox -- who was convicted of murdering Kercher in Perugia and spent four years in prison before being released on appeal in 2012 -- made the media rounds to promote her memoir, Kercher's sister said the family was not interested in reading the book.
"We are not interested in this book just like so many others about the case and we will not read it," Stephanie Kercher said in a statement. "I have no doubts that on the other side there is a story of pain and loss and enormous mistrust but in the end it is also one of hope and the opportunity to live life. Something Meredith will never have and something we can never share with her. Meredith is the victim in this tragic case."
Despite the focus on Knox's seemingly endless travails -- an Italian jury overturned her conviction in 2011 but an appeals court overturned her acquittal earlier this year -- the victim's family and friends remain determined to keep Meredith's memory alive.
"I want people to remember Meredith for the good times she had in Perugia, not just the horrible ending," said Natalie Hayward, who got to know Kercher before her death.
"She was very generous and open and had a very big heart. She was a very fulfilled human being. She was happy and talked about her family all the time. She had lived life to the full. That gives me a great deal of comfort."
Kercher was just 21 when she was killed in 2007 in the villa she rented with Knox in the central Italian university town of Perugia. Her body was found semi-naked and her throat had been slashed.
Kercher was a third-year student at the University of Leeds focusing on European Studies when she got the chance to live in Perugia for a year to study European Politics and Italian.
She worked at Gatwick Airport, near her home in Coulsdon, a dormitory town south of London, to raise money for the trip.
Her father John told the Daily Telegraph: "She fought so hard to get out there. There were quite a few setbacks but she was determined to go and kept persisting and eventually got what she wanted."
Her family later described how she was "excited at the prospect of spending the year studying there to improve her language skills, make new friends and immerse herself in the culture. She was pursuing her dream."
She moved into a shared apartment with Knox but tensions mounted between the two young women, according to Hayward, who met Kercher in September 2007.
Hayward told the Sunday Telegraph in 2011 that Kercher, known to her friends as "Mez," became "frustrated" by Knox's refusal to do cleaning and was unhappy that her flatmate kept a sex toy on open display in a bathroom cabinet.
Kercher, the youngest of four children, had a good sense of humor, according to her family, and "a sense of the ridiculous." While growing up she was interested in poetry, gymnastics and ballet.
The Kercher family has largely avoided the media, but her India-born mother Arline gave an interview to Italian television show Porta a Porta in September 2011 in which she described Meredith's love of life.
She said her daughter was a "very loving child, a very sweet girl." She said: "She was always ready to help you. I will never, ever forget her."
Her father, a freelance journalist who is planning to write a book about Meredith, described her as a "beautiful, intelligent and caring girl whom everyone loved" in a story for the Daily Mail newspaper.
"I hope our telling the world about the enchanting, generous, kind person that Meredith was can help those whose lives she touched," he wrote. "I also hope this book might help to keep Meredith's case in the spotlight, and, in some small way, to keep alive the hope that we might yet know the truth about her death."
Kercher's family welcomed the news in March that the Italian supreme court judges that Knox, along with former co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, should stand trial again.
Speaking from the family home in Coulsdon, south of London, Stephanie Kercher said: "We welcome the news in the sense that we hope to find the answers. We are never going to be happy about any outcome because we have still lost Meredith but we obviously support the decision and hope to get answers from it.
"There are still so many unanswered questions, all we have ever wanted to do is do what we can for Meredith and to find out the truth of what happened that night.
"Rudy Guede's conviction was on the basis that there was more than one person there so that is something that needs to be looked into."
John Kercher wrote about the moment he learned the British student killed in Perugia was his daughter. He'd spoken to her the day before.
"I drop the phone," he wrote in Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "I don't believe it and think there must be a mistake. But I know it's probably true. I can't cry. I'm numb with shock."
He also told about hearing that some of Meredith's friends planned to lay flowers at her old school after her death.
Expecting just a few, he and Arline arrived to find more than 70 people, some having come from around the country. "It's unbelievably touching," John Kercher recalled. A trust fund has since been set up to support the Kercher family's fight for justice.
"Meredith is not only a terrible loss to her family and friends, she is also a huge loss to the world," he said.
Richard Ottaway, the member of parliament for Coulsden, was taken aback by Meredith's funeral at Croydon Minster. "It was packed and overflowing," he told CNN. "It was quite clear Meredith was a popular girl ... so many friends there. It was the perhaps moving service I have ever been to."
The priest who took the service described how Meredith's parents dealt with that emotionally charged day. "They were very, very courageous," said Canon Colin Boswell, vicar of Croydon. "They had great dignity and calm sort of dignity which they maintained right up until now."