An Analysis of 2020 Homicide Data
52 females were murdered by males in Louisiana in 2020
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in Louisiana was 2.18 per 100,000 in 2020
Ranked 5th in the United States
For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (52 homicides), 1 victim (2 percent) was less than 18 years old, and 3 victims (6 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 36 years old.
Out of 52 female homicide victims, 33 were Black, 17 were white, 1 was Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1 was of unknown race.
MOST COMMON WEAPONS
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 74 percent of female victims (35 out of 47) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 54 percent (19 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 5 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 1 female killed by a blunt object, and 1 female killed by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 98 percent of female victims (39 out of 40) were murdered by someone they knew. One female victim was killed by a stranger. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 56 percent (22 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 59 percent (13 victims) were killed with guns; 77 percent of these (10 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 81 percent (35 out of 43) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 71 percent (25 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.
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