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December 29th, 2008
11:09 AM ET

Murders among black teens spike

Gary Fields
The Wall Street Journal

Murders of African-American teenagers have risen 39% since 2000 and 2001, according to a report due out Monday.

Homicides in which blacks ages 14 to 17 years old were the victims rose to 927 over the two-year period of 2006-07, the last years for which statistics are available, compared with 666 during 2000-01, according to the study by criminal-justice professors at Boston's Northeastern University. The 39% increase is much greater than the rise in overall homicides, which jumped 7.4% from 2000-01 to 2006-07.

Murders rose among black teens in 2006 and 2007 as overall homicides dropped compared with the previous year. And the 2000-07 rate of increase among black teens was more than twice the rate of increase among white teens, the study found.

The data confirm a pattern identified earlier this year by The Wall Street Journal, which found that while most communities in the U.S. were seeing a decline in homicides, many African-American neighborhoods were continuing to see an increase.

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  1. Melissa, Los Angeles

    It's unfortunate there's a lot of black on black crime in this city. Too many single parent homes with gang influence is what I see whenever I read the Homicide Blog on the LA Times website. There's also a rising number of brown on black (and vice versa) and brown on brown crime.

    December 29, 2008 at 6:05 pm |