Missouri Tops Nation’s Black Homicide Victimization Rate

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Missouri had the nation’s highest black homicide victimization rate in 2015 with a rate of 46.24 per 100,000, which is nearly two and half times the national black homicide victimization rate and 10 times the overall homicide rate nationwide, reports the Violence Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.

The center’s annual study ranks the states’ black homicide victimization rates based on unpublished data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR). The most recent year for which comprehensive national data is available is 2105.

Daily, the number of black homicide victims exceeds the toll in the Parkland, Fl.,  mass shooting, said center director Josh Sugarmann, who added that, “The devastating and disproportionate impact homicide, almost always involving a gun, has on black men, boys, women, and girls in America is an ongoing national crisis.”

In 2015, the national black homicide victimization rate was 18.68 per 100,000, and the overall homicide victimization rate was 4.62 per 100,000. Some, 86 percent of black homicide victims were killed with guns. After Missouri, other states in the top ten for black homicide victimization as computed by the center were Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Alaska, Nebraska, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kansas, and West Virginia.

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