A girl who based the Miss Trans America pageant is believed to be the primary recognized transgender individual killed this 12 months.
Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, 42, was discovered stabbed and overwhelmed in her North Adams, Mass. residence on Friday night time, in accordance with a police assertion cited by Masslive.com.
Her husband Mark Steele-Knudslien was charged with first-degree homicide on Monday after he walked into the police division at 9:09 p.m. on Friday and stated he had completed “one thing very unhealthy.”
He entered a not responsible plea and is scheduled to seem again in courtroom on Feb. 7.
In an interview with cops, Mark Steele-Knudslien stated he “snapped” after he obtained into an argument together with his spouse, in accordance with a police assertion filed in Northern Berkshire District Court docket.
He informed police he struck his spouse with a hammer and stabbed her within the again earlier than wrapping her physique in a tarp, in accordance with the report.
Police arrived on the couple’s residence at round 9:20 p.m. on Friday, the place Christa Steele-Knudslien’s physique was discovered wrapped up within the basement, in accordance with police.
A knife was lacking from the butcher block within the kitchen, and the scene was in step with Mark Steele-Knudslien’s account, police stated.
An post-mortem carried out by the chief health worker revealed Christa Steele-Knudslien bled to loss of life after she was stabbed and overwhelmed.
The transgender group mourned the loss of life of Christa Steele-Knudslien, who wrote, “My husband and I are going to attempt to work issues out,” in a Fb put up dated January 2017.
“Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien is the first recognized transgender individual to be killed this 12 months,” GLAAD stated.
Dru Levasseur of Lambda Authorized’s Transgender Rights Mission, credited Christa for being “a robust organizer and fierce activist” who based the Miss Trans Northampton and Miss Trans New England Pageants “which impressed so many in our group.”
“I’m so sorry to those that had been very near her. We should all help one another on this time of horror and unhappiness. She deserved higher. She deserved life and happiness. Relaxation in Energy, Christa,” Levasseur wrote.
The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition issued an announcement that learn, “Christa was a beautiful individual, who had a profound impression on the trans and gender nonconforming group, significantly in Western Massachusetts.”