Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 329 Black homicide victims in Tennessee in 2019.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Tennessee was 27.21 per 100,000 in 2019

Ranked 5th in the United States

Eighteen homicide victims (6 percent) were less than 18 years old and 8 victims (2 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 31 years old.

Out of 329 homicide victims, 285 were male and 44 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 90 percent of victims (284 out of 314) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 41 percent (117 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 148 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 15 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 7 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, 68 percent of victims (105 out of 155) were killed by someone they knew. Fifty victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 75 percent (119 out of 158) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 63 percent (75 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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