Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 776 Black homicide victims in Illinois in 2020.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Illinois was 40.05 per 100,000 in 2020.

Ranked 5th in the United States

Forty-four homicide victims (6 percent) were less than 18 years old and 15 victims (2 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 30 years old.

Out of 776 homicide victims, 690 were male and 86 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 93 percent of victims (707 out of 763) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 84 percent (596 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 103 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 37 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 12 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, 73 percent of victims (123 out of 169) were killed by someone they knew. Forty-six victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 87 percent (418 out of 481) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 20 percent (83 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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