Black Homicide Victimization in the United States

Kentucky

There were 110 Black homicide victims in Kentucky in 2019.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Kentucky was 26.92 per 100,000 in 2019.

Ranked 7th in the United States

Age
Fourteen homicide victims (13 percent) were less than 18 years old and 2 victims (2 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 28 years old.

Sex
Out of 110 homicide victims, 100 were male and 10 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 93 percent of victims (100 out of 107) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 56 percent (56 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 37 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 4 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, and 2 victims killed by bodily force.

Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 58 percent of victims (36 out of 62) were killed by someone they knew. Twenty-six victims were killed by strangers.

Circumstance
For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 59 percent (29 out of 49) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 48 percent (14 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.


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