Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 148 Black homicide victims in Kentucky in 2020.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Kentucky was 35.75 per 100,000 in 2020.

Ranked 9th in the United States

Eighteen homicide victims (13 percent) were less than 18 years old and 4 victims (3 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 31 years old.

Out of 148 homicide victims, 121 were male, 26 were female, and 1 was of unknown sex.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 92 percent of victims (133 out of 145) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 56 percent (74 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 51 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 4 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 6 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, 67 percent of victims (43 out of 64) were killed by someone they knew. Twenty-one victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 68 percent (34 out of 50) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 41 percent (14 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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