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NIDA. (1995, April 1). Homicide Rates. Retrieved from https://archives.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/1995/04/homicide-rates

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April 01, 1995

Characteristics of Homicide Victims Killed in 1990 and 1991 in New York City

(Residents Only)

Characteristics # of Cases % of All Homicides
Age in Years
Less than 1 46 1.1
1-14 93 2.2
15-24 1,442 33.7
25-34 1,457 34.0
34-44 693 16.2
45-54 289 6.8
55-64 126 2.9
65 and older 132 3.1
Total 4,278* 100.0
Gender
Male 3,682 85.7
Female 614 14.3
Total 4,296* 100.0
Race
White 402 9.4
African American 2,069 48.2
Latino 1,648 38.4
Asian/other 171 4.0
Total 4,290* 100.0
Cause of Death
Firearms 3,131 72.8
All other methods 1,167 27.2
Total 4,298 100.0

* Numbers are less than 4,298 because of unknowns for age, gender, and race.
This table was adapted from an article that appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 272, No. 1, July 6, 1994, pp. 43-46. Copyright 1994, American Medical Association.

Percentage of New York City Homicide Victims in 1990 and 1991 Positive for Cocaine Metabolites in Each Age Group by Gender and Race*

Age in Years White African American Latino Asian/Other  
Male
(n=272)
Female
(n=74)
Male
(n=1,583)
Female
(n=276)
Male
(n=1,344)
Female
(n=184)
Male
(n=138)
Female
(n=19)
Total
(n=3,890)
14 or below 0 25.0 2.4 0 3.7 0 0 0 4.1
15-24 18.4 16.7 18.9 35.6 23.7 28.1 8.6 0 21.5
25-34 37.5 59.1 44.4 71.8 43.4 36.1 4.9 0 43.9
35-44 34.0 26.7 49.3 40.8 42.0 31.0 12.1 0 40.9
45-54 12.2 0 27.8 20.0 26.4 14.3 0 0 20.7
55 or over 2.3 0 14.0 0 16.3 0 0 0 7.2
Total 22.4 25.7 31.6 39.5 39.9 27.7 6.5 0 31.0

* Denominators include only cases in which there were toxicologic analyses for benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite, and in which the interval between injury and death was 48 hours or less.
This table was adapted from an article that appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 272, No. 1, July 6, 1994, pp. 43-46. Copyright 1994, American Medical Association.

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