An Analysis of 2019 Homicide Data
57 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 2019
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in South Carolina was 2.15 per 100,000 in 2019
Ranked 6th in the United States
For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (55 homicides), 1 victim (2 percent) was less than 18 years old and 4 victims (7 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 39 years old.
Out of 57 female homicide victims, 30 were white, 26 were Black, and 1 was Asian or Pacific Islander.
MOST COMMON WEAPONS
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 79 percent of female victims (41 out of 52) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 61 percent (25 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 4 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 2 females killed by a blunt object, and 3 females killed by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 92 percent of female victims (49 out of 53) were murdered by someone they knew. Four female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 65 percent (32 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 84 percent (27 victims) were killed with guns; 70 percent of these (19 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 80 percent (33 out of 41) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 67 percent (22 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.
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