"We've spent a lot of time waiting," says the uncle of the woman cleared of murder charges

By Mike Fleeman
October 04, 2011 04:00 PM
Credit: Stefano Medici/AP

The signs and banners have gone up in Seattle: “Welcome Home, Amanda.”

Four years after she was arrested and jailed for her roommate’s murder in Italy, Amanda Knox is on her way back home to Seattle, where a warm homecoming celebration is in the works.

“We’ve spent a lot of time waiting,” her uncle Michael Huff tells the Associated Press. “We’re planning a big hug. We’ll see day to day how it goes. She’s going to have to get acclimated. She’s a strong kid.”

After an appeals court in Perugia overturned the murder conviction, Knox, 24, boarded a British Airways flight with her family in Rome on Tuesday morning bound for Seattle after a London stopover.

“We look forward to welcoming you home with open arms and open hearts,” said Tom Wright, founder of Friends of Amanda Knox, according to CNN.. “You have well deserved, and will well deserve, all the joy and warmth and fun of your normal life returned to you.”