Founder of Miss Trans America pageant murdered in her home

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He turned himself in to police Friday night, saying he had done "something very bad", but he pleaded not guilty Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court, according to the site. Last year, Kashmere Redd, a 28-year-old trans man living in NY, was stabbed to death by his partner, Doris Carrasquillo. The police have not yet released a motive nor how Christa Leigh was murdered.

Transgender advocate Monica Roberts on her TransGriot blog writes about Steele-Knudslien's life, legacy and lasting impact on the community.

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, the founder of Miss Trans America, was found stabbed and beaten to death inside her MA home on Friday.

Today, flowers have been placed outside the home.

She also was a founder and chief executive officer of the Miss Trans New England Pageant, apparently as Christa Hilfers, and a founder of New England Trans Pride.

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien's death is the first homicide in the western MA town of North Adams since 2013, according to the Eagle.

He went on to say after killing Christa Steele Knudslien, cleaned up, took a shower, and went to the liquor store to buy alcohol.

"If there is a heaven, I pray to God the angels are watching over her and bring her up to heaven", Rash noted.

For now, Mark S. Steele-Knudslien is being held without bail in the Berkshire County House of Correction.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help with Christa Steele-Knudslien's funeral expenses.

There's a violence epidemic against the transgender community.