Homicide Information and Statistics

By Ages

         In the United States, homicide accounts for one out of every two deaths for Black men between the ages of 15-19, and makes up 49% of all Black male deaths between the ages of 20-24 (Centers for Disease Control, 2018). Black men between the ages of 25-34 in the U.S. die by homicide more than any other cause of death (Centers for Disease Control, 2020). 

Firearm Homicide Deaths in 2020

All Males ---16,428

American Indian or Alaska Native  --183

Asian or Pacific Islander --183

Black (non-Hispanic)  ---10,548

White (non-Hispanic) ---2,911

Hispanic or Latino (any race) --2,572

Released May 2022:

Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions 

Our Babies

National Vital Statistics System (NVSS, 2019) and the Centers for Disease Control (2018) data implicates homicide as the second leading cause of death for Black men between 5-14 years old in the United States. 

The Black Community

Homicide in the Black community can cause survivors to become overprotective of their offspring who are in the same age group as slain members, increasing episodes of fear reactions and vulnerability, and neighborhoods can be deemed unsafe (Becker, 2016; Mosley et al., 2017; Smith et al., 2020). The trickle effect is the destruction of existing businesses, the lack of new substantial enterprises in predominantly Black neighborhoods, and a tearing away of the fabric of Black neighborhoods (Bloch, 2020; Raleigh & Galster, 2015).  Furthermore, impoverished neighborhoods are inviting for businesses that specialize in the sale of liquor, drug paraphernalia, and high interest payday loans--all businesses that can aid in the perpetual cycle of destruction, and further aid in defining components of the ecosystems where survivors and homicide victims lived (Blackmond Larnell, Campbell, & Papp, 2020; Raleigh & Galster, 2015).

 The stigma of homicide itself compounds the myriad adverse reactions for community survivors. Survivors are faced with unsolved homicides, anger, frustration, embarrassment, pain, and loss of trust in government agencies as a result of violence against others who resemble them (Baddeley, Williams, Rynearson, Correa, Saindon, & Rheingold 2015; Khubchandani & Price, 2018; Mosley, Owen, Rostosky, & Reese, 2017; Smith, Sharpe, Richardson, Pahwa, Smith, & DeVylder, 2020).

Black Women

By Ages

    According to the May 2022 John Hopkins report, in 2020, there was a 49% increase in Black females who died by gun homicide compared to 2019. 

Firearm Homicide Deaths in 2020

Released May 2022:

Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions 

Our Babies

National Vital Statistics System (NVSS, 2019) and the Centers for Disease Control (2018) data implicates homicide as the second leading cause of death for Black men between 5-14 years old in the United States. 

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