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San Joaquin County Ranks #1 For Youth Homicide Victimization In California, New Study Reveals

The study's statewide findings include more detailed information, broken down by a number of factors.

GENDER, RACE, and ETHNICITY 

Out of the 631 homicide victims ages 10 to 24 in California in 2011:

--91% were male and 9% were female. 

--55% were Hispanic, 32% black, 8% white, 5% Asian, and less than one percent were "other."

--Black victims were killed at a rate more than 18 times higher than white victims.  While black youth and young adults comprised six percent of California's population between the ages of 10 and 24, they accounted for 32 percent of the homicide victims in the same age group.  

--Hispanic victims were killed at a rate more than four times higher than white victims.  While Hispanic youth and young adults comprised 48 percent of California's population between the ages of 10 and 24, they accounted for 54 percent of the homicide victims in the same age group.  

--Asian victims were killed at roughly one and a half times the rate of white victims.   While Asian youth and young adults comprised 11 percent of California's population between the ages of 10 and 24, they accounted for five percent of the homicide victims in the same age group. 

--White youth and young adults comprised 30 percent of California's population between the ages of 10 and 24 and accounted for eight percent of the homicide victims in the same age group. 

WEAPON USED 

Firearms, especially handguns, were the most common weapon used to murder youth and young adults.  Of the 625 homicides for which the murder weapon could be identified, 83 percent of victims died by gunfire.  Of these, 73 percent were killed with handguns.

RELATIONSHIP 

For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 54 percent were killed by a stranger.  Thirty-one percent were killed by someone they knew.  An additional 15 percent were identified as gang members.  Black and Hispanic victims were more likely to be killed by a stranger than white or Asian victims.

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