Amanda Knox will wake up at home in Seattle on Wednesday for the first time in four years as she enjoys her new-found freedom after an Italian appeals court threw out her murder conviction.

Knox and her family arrived on a British Airways flight Tuesday evening.

“I’m really overwhelmed right now,” a tearful Knox told cheering supporters at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. “I was looking down from the airplane, and it seemed like everything wasn’t real.”

“What’s important for me to say is just thank you, to everyone who has believed in me, who has defended me, who has supported my family,” she said, her voice shaking. Being with her family, she said, is “the most important thing to me right now.”

Thank you for being there for me,” she said.

Before beginning her remarks, Knox smiled and said, “They’re reminding me to speak in English, because I’m having problems with that.”

An Italian appeals court on Monday overturned Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 death of her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher. Knox initially was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Knox’s mother and stepfather, Edda and Chris Mellas, also thanked those who have supported their family, as well as the Italian attorneys who fought on her behalf

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