Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 192 Black homicide victims in Arkansas in 2020.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Arkansas was 38.83 per 100,000 in 2020.

Ranked 6th in the United States

Twenty-two homicide victims (12 percent) were less than 18 years old and 5 victims (3 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 33 years old.

Out of 192 homicide victims, 158 were male and 34 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 87 percent of victims (152 out of 174) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 47 percent (71 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 69 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 11 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 7 victims killed by bodily force, and 4 victims killed by a blunt object.

Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 95 percent of victims (72 out of 76) were killed by someone they knew. Four victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 75 percent (75 out of 100) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 49 percent (37 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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