Study: Illinois ranks 18th in black homicide victimization
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WREX) -
A new study released Wednesday by the Violence Policy Center unveils in-depth information on the black homicide victimization rate in Illinois.
The new study shows Illinois' black homicide victimization rate is higher than the national average and guns were overwhelmingly the most common weapons used.
The latest data, which comes from 2015, shows there were 394 black homicide victims in Illinois which accounts for the 18th highest black homicide victimization rate in the United States. If you look at the raw numbers, that number stacks up much worse, with Illinois accounting for the 5th highest total of black homicides in the country.
The report also shows guns were the primary cause of death in those homicides, as 94 percent of black homicide victims were shot to death. That rate has climbed 4 percent over the last 5 years.