The murdered student was filmed weeks before she died
Meredith Kercher, the British student murdered in Italy, featured in a music video in the weeks before she died, her family have revealed.
The video, for singer Kristian Leontiou‘s song, Some Say, was made during 2007 shortly before Miss Kercher travelled to Italy to study.
The 21-year-old was found semi-naked with her throat cut in November 2007. Her American housemate Amanda Knox is on trial for sexual assaulting and murdering her, along with Raffaele Sollecito, 25, her former Italian boyfriend. They deny the charge.
Francesco Maresca, the Kercher family lawyer, said that her family had struggled over the decision to release it, at the same time as they give evidence in court in Perugia. ‘It was made by a group of Meredith’s friends sometime during 2007 – I think she knows the lead singer,’ he said.
‘The people on the video are friends of hers who were at Leeds University and it is unreal to see her in the video and to know that a few months later she was murdered. It was a very emotional experience for them to come and give evidence but they coped very well. They just wanted the court to know what a special and much loved person Meredith was not just to her family but all her friends as well.’
According to his official website Kristian Leontiou was born in London and is 25 years old. He has had one Top Ten hit and Some Say reached gold with 150,000 sales.
Meredith’s parents John and Arline, from Coulsdon, Surrey, and her sister Stephanie were in court on Saturday to give evidence about their loss. The evidence of Mrs Kercher, 63, left one juror in tears as she explained how she and the rest of the family ‘would never get over’ the murder.
‘It was unbelievable, unreal and in many ways it still is – I am still looking for her,’ she said. ‘It’s not just her death, it’s the nature of it, the brutality, the violence and the great sorrow it brought for everyone – it was such a shock. You send your daughter away to study and she doesn’t come back. We will never, ever get over it.’