Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 565 Black homicide victims in Illinois in 2019.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Illinois was 29.21 per 100,000 in 2019.

Ranked 2nd in the United States

Forty-seven homicide victims (8 percent) were less than 18 years old and 5 victims (1 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 29 years old.

Out of 565 homicide victims, 506 were male and 59 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 91 percent of victims (505 out of 556) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 87 percent (439 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 58 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 36 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 5 victims killed by bodily force, and 1 victim killed by a blunt object.

Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 79 percent of victims (80 out of 101) were killed by someone they knew. Twenty-one victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 74 percent (195 out of 262) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 42 percent (82 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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