St. Louis Murder Rate on Pace With Last Year; Blacks Disproportionately Impacted

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After trending slightly higher for much of 2011, the St. Louis murder rate last week did something it hasn't done all year: pull into an exact tie with the number of people killed in 2010.

Through October 27, St. Louis police categorized 103 deaths this year as homicides. The number was the exact same on October 27, 2010. That means St. Louis is on pace to have 144 murders in 2011 -- the same as in 2010. Roughly an equal number of victims (143) were killed in 2009 following a particularly blood 2008 when 167 people died at the hands of another in St. Louis. 

So, of the homicides this year, who's getting killed? The police department provides some startling statistics for that.

Of the 103 murders this year, 90 of the victims have been African-American. Ten have been white. Other races fill in the balance. Another way of looking at those numbers: If you're black in St. Louis, you're nine times more likely this year to be murdered than if you're white.*

The most likely person to die on the streets of St. Louis is a black male between the ages of 25-29. Men in this category have accounted for 15 murders this year (or 14 percent of all homicides). Take black men between the ages of 20 and 40 out of the equation entirely, and the murder rate in St. Louis so far this year would plummet by nearly half -- to just 53 homicides.

Perhaps even more disturbing than the statistics involving race, is that St. Louis police have so far cleared (brought a case to the Circuit Attorney's Office) just 43 of this year's murder. And, not surprisingly perhaps, 89 of the murders this year (86 percent) involved a gun.

Here's the spreadsheet of the homicides though October 27 as provided by the St. Louis police department. Crunch your own numbers.

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*Blacks account for 49 percent of the city population, according to the latest Census, with whites comprising 43 percent. Yet, even with a slightly larger population, the murder rate for blacks is tremendously disproportional to whites.
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Mark Magas
Mark Magas

What a silly headline. Blacks disproportionately effected. Blacks \though 14% of the population commit 52% of the nations murders and murders are generally of family friends and associates not strangers. So disproportionate is a give.The question worth exploring is why. An easy answer is it is a legacy of slavery. I can accept that as a cause but not as an excuse that says never change our forefathers were once enslaved.

There should be acceptance that black culture is dysfunctional and what ever the cause there should be a real effort to change. Alchoholics, victims of child abuse, rape victims all go through the process of taking personal responsibility and growing past their trauma. The black population should be no different.

megarockradiostl
megarockradiostl

They should stop killing each other. That might change those statistics.

Yourboy
Yourboy

What a garbage article and title! Should we kill more whites and asians to even it out? How about you add a few stats about which race is committing the vast majority of the murders… it’s clearly relevant here. You make it sound like blacks are the victims only but have nothing to do with actually committing the crimes. By the way, at least 5  of the 12 white and other race murders were committed by blacks. You can see it in the blog.

Pokey
Pokey

"Blacks Disproportionately Impacted" WTF?

Is this more of the Grand White Conspiracy? Whitey communicating in a super secret code of eye blinks and thought beams.

Negros killing other negros. No one cares not even the negros. So move along, nothing to see here. The sooner they kill each other off the better off the nation will be. They don't contribute, refuse to assimilate so fuck em, let the animals die.

FunkSoul1965
FunkSoul1965

How are we doing on the national scale I wonder??? We still a Top 5 Murder City?

Emanuel
Emanuel

What would be more depressing is to have or find demographic statistics on the perpetrators of these homicides.  The stats wouldn't be too different I'm guessing.

concerned citizen
concerned citizen

The statistics should shock us.  Each person who died was someone's son/daughter, brother/sister, father/mother, friend....

KITTY
KITTY

These statistics should not be a shock to anyone. Day in and day out there is news of another shooting or murder on the north side  - mostly thugs and gangstas who bit the bullet. They lived by the gun and died by the gun. Society is better off without them. Whose needs to cry over a few dead thugs and gangstas?

Laffer
Laffer

LOL @ BLACKS JUST LOL

KITTY
KITTY

Get your head out of the sand, Concerned. These stats have been consistent for decades. And yes each thugh and killer has family and friends, but so did Hitler, Dahmer and Pol Pot, to name a few of the most notroious ones. You should be more concerned about the victims and the victims' families and not concerned for the few who cared for the thugs and killers and who most likely knew about the lifestyles of their loved ones, and turned a blind eye or did nothing so stop them from their violent and evil ways.

MaoMart
MaoMart

You bleeding heart liberal. Someone needs to smack you across the face and slap some sense in to you.

ColinSTL
ColinSTL

Borrowed from a friend:

A word of warning to those of you suffering from ITG (Internet Tough Guy) syndrome:  You will, at some point, come across someone who will compel you to back up your words.  The next troll comment you hurl could be to someone that has nothing to lose n making that confrontation a reality. 

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