Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 389 Black homicide victims in Michigan in 2019.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Michigan was 25.98 per 100,000 in 2019.

Ranked 9th in the United States

Twenty-two homicide victims (6 percent) were less than 18 years old and 11 victims (3 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 33 years old.

Out of 389 homicide victims, 325 were male and 64 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 91 percent of victims (313 out of 344) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 44 percent (138 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 165 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 21 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, and 5 victims killed by bodily force.

Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 85 percent of victims (87 out of 102) were killed by someone they knew. Fifteen victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 79 percent (106 out of 134) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 55 percent (58 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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