Transgender Woman Brutally Murdered in Massachusetts

On Friday January 5th at around 9:20 PM, police from the North Adams Massachusetts Police Department found well-known 42-year-old, female, transgender, activist, Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, murdered at her home on 107 Veazie St. Christa Leigh Steele-KnudslienThey received a tip from the Adam’s police department that there was a very good chance that someone’s body may be recovered at that location.

Sgt. McWhirt confirmed with us that Mrs. Steele-Knudslien was murdered and her 47-year-old husband, Mark Steele-Knudlien, had come into the Adams Massachusetts police department. “The suspect came into our station to report what had happened…because they used to live in Adams” Sgt. McWhirt additionally confirmed that Mr. Steele-Knudslien confessed that he had killed her, however, did not state how he had killed her.

According to a January 7th press release by the North Adam’s Police Department, an autopsy report prepared by Dr. Robert Welton of the Chief Medical Examiners office stated that Ms. Steele-Knudlien died to loss of blood due to a stab wound to the torso and multiple blunt force trauma to the head. This indicates that self-admitted murderer Mark Steele-Knudlien stabbed her and then repeatedly and brutally hit her in the head causing her death.

Mark Steele-Knudlien was taken into custody by Adams police and charged with one count of murder. He is currently being held in jail without bail awaiting a hearing this morning, Monday, January 8th. Adams police have turned the investigation over to the North Adams Police and Massachusetts State Police Departments. As of press time, neither department returned repeated phone calls from us for more information.

Christa Leigh Steele-KnudslienChrista Leigh Steele-Knudelien was 42 years old at the time of her murder. She was born in Rochester Minnesota and attended Spring Valley High School in 1993. Mrs. Steele-Knudelien was an avid home makeover specialist. In 2008 she started the Miss Trans New England Pageant. It was a pageant that went on for many years as part of her extensive activism work in the trans community. “She was a staple in our community, my first days of divas performing she was always there to encourage us or help us,” says Dita Davelpa a close friend that resides in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Ms. Steele-Knudelien was a local organizer of the yearly Transgender Day of Remembrance services for the Springfield and North Hampton Massachusetts areas. “She would give us the shirt off her back..always there with a listening ear and helping hand,” says Ms. Davelpa. However, even after winning a battle with cancer, she never knew that she would be the first person in 2018 to be added to the list of murdered transgender people resting in power.

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