Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 489 Black homicide victims in Tennessee in 2020.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Tennessee was 40.11 per 100,000 in 2020.

Ranked 4th in the United States

Forty-seven homicide victims (10 percent) were less than 18 years old and 14 victims (3 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 31 years old.

Out of 489 homicide victims, 426 were male and 63 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 93 percent of victims (433 out of 465) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 36 percent (156 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 254 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 15 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 11 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, 56 percent of victims (116 out of 209) were killed by someone they knew. Ninety-three victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 77 percent (167 out of 218) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 56 percent (94 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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