Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 392 Black homicide victims in Missouri in 2019.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Missouri was 50.64 per 100,000 in 2019.

Ranked 1st in the United States

Thirty-five homicide victims (9 percent) were less than 18 years old and 6 victims (2 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 31 years old.

Out of 392 homicide victims, 337 were male and 55 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 95 percent of victims (365 out of 386) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 52 percent(191 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 154 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 13 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 3 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, 74 percent of victims (99 out of 133) were killed by someone they knew. Thirty-four victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 65 percent (102 out of 158) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 77 percent (79 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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