Central Valley, Stockton, Uncategorized

Who is killing California’s young?

Washington DC / Bilingual Weekly

In spite to Stockton and its surroundings’ bad reputation, six other California counties surpassed San Joaquin in youth killing rates.

According to a just-released report by the Violence Policy Center —a national organization working to stop gun deaths—803 youngsters, ages 10 to 24, died in California during 2009 (the most recent data available to date,) most of them by gunfire.

The study, entitled “Lost Youth: A County-by-County Analysis of 2009 California Homicide Victims Ages 10 to 24,” shows San Joaquin County as the seventh in youth homicides in California —Monterey as Number One.

Among the many findings, out of the 803 young homicide victims, 90% were male and 10% were female. Fifty six percent were Hispanic, 30% black, 10% white, 3% Asian, and one percent were “other.” Overall, black victims were killed at a rate more than 14 times higher than white victims.  Hispanic victims were killed at a rate nearly four times higher than white victims.  Asian victims were killed at roughly the same rate as white victims.

Of the 794 homicides for which the murder weapon could be identified, 84 percent of victims died by gunfire. Of these, 76 percent were killed with handguns.

Black and Hispanic victims were more likely to be killed by a stranger than white or Asian victims. For the 618 homicides in which the circumstances between the victim and offender could be identified, 68 percent were gang-related.

The overwhelming majority of homicides of youth and young adults were not related to any other felony crime and the most common homicide location was a street, sidewalk, or parking lot.

These is a list of the 10 California counties with the most youngsters’ deaths

  1. Monterey County, 31.24 per 100,000
  2. Alameda County, 20.69 per 100,000
  3. Kern County, 19.98 per 100,000
  4. Contra Costa County, 19.17 per 100,000
  5. Tulare County, 15.31 per 100,000
  6. Los Angeles County, 14.61 per 100,000
  7. San Joaquin County, 13.86 per 100,000
  8. Stanislaus County, 13.49 per 100,000
  9. Merced County, 12.87 per 100,000
  10. Solano County, 12.59 per 100,000

For the full report or further information, visit http://www.vpc.org

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One thought on “Who is killing California’s young?

  1. I got my Criminal Justice degree from “United Forensic College” I got a job in 2 months and now solving crimes. You can also do the same, search internet.

    Posted by boussardy | February 18, 2011, 10:31 am

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