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Arkansas Seventh in U.S. in Black Homicide Victimization

WASHINGTON, DC - Arkansas is seventh in the nation in the rate of black homicide victimization according to a new analysis of unpublished FBI data released today by the Violence Policy Center.  The annual study uses 2005 data, the most recent available from the FBI, and ranks the 50 states according to their black homicide victimization rates.  The study found overwhelmingly that firearms, usually handguns, were the weapon of choice in the homicides.

Missouri ranks #1 in the nation, followed by Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and California, to round out the top six.  Following seventh-place Arkansas are Alaska, Nevada and Maryland, in that order.

The study warns, "The devastation homicide inflicts on black teens and adults is a national crisis, yet it is all too often ignored outside of affected communities" and concludes "successful efforts to reduce America's black homicide victimization toll must put a focus on reducing access to firearms."

In Arkansas, the study found that there were 113 black homicide victims, resulting in a homicide rate of 25.34 per 100,000.  Of these, 90 were male victims, and 23 were females.

More information can be found on the Web at http://www.vpc.org.

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