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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A memorial service for a transgender woman found slain in her home is planned for this weekend.

The service for Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence.

The 42-year-old Steele-Knudslien was found beaten and stabbed to death in her North Adams home on Jan. 4. Her husband of less than a year has been charged with murder in her death.

She was known as passionate transgender rights advocate who started a pageant for transgender women in New England.

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The Rev. Yohah Ralph of the United Church of Christ minister is officiating at the memorial service.

Ralph tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette that Steele-Knudslien was a positive person who seemed happy in her new life and home.