Study: Tenn. ranks 10th nationwide for black homicides

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Tennessee has the tenth highest black homicide victimization rate in the nation, according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center. The state’s rate is above the national average, with 84 percent of victims killed with guns being black. In Tennessee, there were 246 black homicide victims in 2012, resulting in a homicide rate of 22.40 per 100,000, according to the study. That year, the national black homicide rate was 18.03 per 100,000, and the overall national homicide rate was 4.50 per 100,000. The annual study is based on unpublished data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Supplementary Homicide Report. The study details homicide rates for 2012, the most recent year for which comprehensive national data is available.

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