Sunday, January 07, 2018

Close To Home

Sadly the first trans person killed in 2018 hit close to home…
North Adams man held after allegedly killing his wifeBerkshire Eagle
By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
Posted Saturday, January 6, 2018

NORTH ADAMS — A North Adams man is facing charges in the slaying of his wife, who was found dead Friday night in the couple's Veazie Street home, authorities said.

Mark Steele-Knudslien, 47, will be arraigned on a murder charge Monday morning in Northern Berkshire District Court, according to a statement released Saturday by the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. He is being held without bail, pending his arraignment.

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, 42, was found dead after police responded to a 9:20 p.m. call to investigate a homicide at 107 Veazie St., according to a North Adams Police log. State Police detectives were called to the scene about 25 minutes later; investigators remained on the scene throughout the night.

Steele-Knudslien went to the Adams police station at about 9:09 p.m. Friday to admit that he killed his wife, according to Adams Police Sgt. Scott McWhirt.
I met her at a support group when she used to attend the meetings and functions, I only knew her from the meetings but still it is shocking that she was killed. She was active in the trans community, she was an organizer for many of the trans events in the Northampton community, she worked on the first New England Trans Pride March & Rally and she was Miss Trans New England.

There is no motive yet for her killing, her husband confessed but the police have not released a motive.

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