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Missouri's Black Homicide Rate Worst in U.S.

For the second time, Missouri is No. 1 in a list ranking states with the highest black homicide victimization rates.

Missouri leads the nation in homicides involving black victims for the second year in a row with a rate seven times higher than the national average.

The Violence Policy Center released a study ranking Missouri first out of the 50 states in a list of black homicide victimization rates. In Missouri, 34.72 per 100,000 black people are victims of homicide, according to the study.

Firearms, especially handguns, are overwhelmingly the weapons of choice in homicides, according to the study. Eighty-seven percent of black homicide victims were killed with guns in 2009, the year with the most recent data available.

Of the 239 black homicide victims in Missouri in 2009, 206 were male and 33 were female.

In St. Louis, 125 of the 143 homicides in 2009 involved black victims, according to the Kansas City Star.

After Missouri, the states with the highest black homicide victimization rates are: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, California and Nevada.

Paul Boxdorfer March 07, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Typical Kansas City, trying to blame the guns. But no mention of the rise in inner city gang wars over profits from the increased heroine use. And that it's almost always black on black crimes by criminals illegally having these guns.
Pamela Muhammad March 20, 2012 at 05:53 PM
This state and the cities has extreme police brutality and is very racist and lacks opportunity for blacks. While this is not an excuse for a problem we will have to solve. It certainly is an relevant cause of lots of the frustration and anger seen in this state.
Shimmy Jimmy March 23, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It's all KC and St. Louis, gang wars, drug deals gone bad.
Shimmy Jimmy March 23, 2012 at 08:13 PM
The article doesnt say the police are shooting the victims, it says at least one person, the victim or the shooter, is black. Big difference. Nice attempt at painting the whole state with your broad judgemental brush, Pamela.
temp March 24, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I happen to think color of the victim shouldnt matter. But, if you really want to breakdown crimes by race, then don't show an imcomplete picture, otherwise you are creating a racially incendriary situation, and that is troublesome. Break it down by perpertrator and victim race.black on black, white on black.white on white. etc
Critical Mass March 25, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Exactly. Plus 1.
onlytheirish April 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
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