Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 396 Black homicide victims in Missouri in 2020.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Missouri was 50.98 per 100,000 in 2020.

Ranked 1st in the United States

Twenty-nine homicide victims (7 percent) were less than 18 years old and 7 victims (2 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 31 years old.

Out of 396 homicide victims, 340 were male and 56 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 94 percent of victims (360 out of 383) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 58 percent (208 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 138 victims killed with
firearms, type not stated. There were 12 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 4 victims killed by bodily force, and 3 victims killed by a blunt object.

Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 73 percent of victims (77 out of 105) were killed by someone they knew. Twenty-eight victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 81 percent (133 out of 165) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 65 percent (87 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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