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First reported trans woman murdered in 2018

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien was found murdered, husband confesses.
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The first documented murder involving a transgender woman in 2018 has been reported.

Last Friday, Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien was found stabbed to death in her home in Massachusetts.

Her husband Mark Steele-Knudslien was arrested after confessing to the crime according to Pink News.

The autopsy report showed the 42-year-old victim died due to blood loss from a stab wound and there was also blunt trauma to her head.

The 47-year-old suspect was arraigned on Monday morning charged with murder.

The couple wed last year, Christa is best known for founding Miss Trans New England and running Miss Trans America pageants.

 Massachusetts police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office and State Police Crime Scene Services Section are currently conducting the investigation.  

So far, 2017 was the deadliest year for trans men and women; 28 were reported to have died due to violence against them.