An Analysis of 2020 Homicide Data
67 females were murdered by males in Missouri in 2020
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in Missouri was 2.14 per 100,000 in 2020
Ranked 6th (tied) in the United States
For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (66 homicides), 3 victims (5 percent) were less than 18 years old and 3 victims (5 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 38 years old.
Out of 67 female homicide victims, 39 were white, 27 were Black, and 1 was of unknown race.
MOST COMMON WEAPONS
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 78 percent of female victims (45 out of 58) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 62 percent (28 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 7 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, 94 percent of female victims (46 out of 49) were murdered by someone they knew. Three female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 65 percent (30 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 77 percent (23 victims) were killed with guns; 57 percent of these (13 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 89 percent (39 out of 44) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 56 percent (22 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.
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