Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 421 Black homicide victims in Louisiana in 2019.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Louisiana was 27.05 per 100,000 in 2019.

Ranked 6th in the United States

Thirty-seven homicide victims (9 percent) were less than 18 years old and 9 victims (2 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 32 years old.

Out of 421 homicide victims, 369 were male and 52 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 92 percent of victims (368 out of 401) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 46 percent (170 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 180 victims killed with
firearms, type not stated. There were 15 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 9 victims killed by bodily force, and 5 victims killed by a blunt object.

Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 86 percent of victims (144 out of 167) were killed by someone they knew. Twenty-three victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 64 percent (154 out of 239) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 59 percent (91 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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