Husband Charged With Murder of Trans Woman in MA

A memorial has sprouted in front of 107 Veazie St. in North Adams where Christa Leigh Steele Knudslien was killed on Friday. Her husband Marc C. Steele-Knudslien was ordered held without bail on Monday after pleading not guilty to a charge of murder

The Founder of Miss Trans America Is the First Trans Woman Murdered in 2018

Prosecutors say a MA man confessed to killing his wife, who is reportedly the first transgender woman to be killed in 2018.

Christa Steele-Knudslien, 42, was well known in the MA transgender community for her activism and helped launch the first New England Trans Pride event a decade ago, friends said. "Steele-Knudslien later wrapped Christa's body in a tarp and moved her to the basement which is where the body could be found". A local news outlet reports that she was found dead in her home on Friday night in North Adams, Massachusetts. Mark Steele-Knudslien, 47, has been charged in the murder of his wife, Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, 42, after confessing to the crime. Eleven minutes later, police went to their house to investigate - and only 25 minutes later, detectives were called. He's set to be arraigned on Monday morning. A judge ordered he be held without bail pending a February 7 pretrial hearing.

An autopsy is set to be conducted today.

Police have not yet released information about a motive, though her death is believed to be the first reported homicide of a trans American in 2018.

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"He did admit to the murder", Adams police Sergeant Scott McWhirt said in a phone interview Saturday afternoon. They had been well-known to police due to "neighborhood disputes. nothing between the two", he said.

Reading Christa Leigh's Facebook page is a sad affair.

"She was always a big activist; she was always out there fighting the good fight", Boisseau told the publication on Monday. This Christmas, she wrote "Had a AMAZING Christmas with hubby & great friends". She and her husband had just given up smoking, and there are a number of pictures of the couple in happier times. They were Wednesday on April 15, 2017.

"I am so sorry to those who were very close to her". In addition to founding the Miss Trans America pageant, she also helped launch the Miss Trans New England pageant and was one of the organizers of the first New England Trans Pride march in 2008.

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