Trans founder of Miss Trans America murdered

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslein. LGBTQ Nation.

The husband of the founder of the Miss Trans America pageant killed his wife last Friday.

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, 42, was allegedly killed by her husband Mark Steele-Knudslien, 47, at their home in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Later that evening, Mark turned himself in to police. He was arrested and he is being held in Berkshire County Jail. His arraignment is scheduled for later today.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner labeled the death a homicide and said that Christa Leigh suffered multiple blunt force trauma to the head.

Police have not released any information about the motive.

Adams police Sergeant Scott McWhirt said that the police do not know of a history of domestic violence in the marriage, but he said that the local police knew the couple because of “neighborhood disputes… nothing between the two.”

Christa Leigh was active in the transgender community and founded both the Miss Trans America pageant and the regional Miss Trans New England.

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The Gayly 1/8/2018 @ 1:00 p.m.