KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Washington-based group that supports gun-control efforts says Missouri had the nation's highest rate of black homicide victims in 2008.
The Violence Policy Center's annual report on black homicide victimization says 39.90 of every 100,000 blacks in Missouri were homicide victims. Pennsylvania was second with a rate of 31.05 per 100,000.
Most of Missouri's black homicide victims in 2008 were in St. Louis and Kansas City, and the majority were killed by guns.
The report issued Wednesday uses supplementary data provided to the FBI, and the numbers are the most recent available.
The study says most of the victims were killed by someone they knew, and that arguments typically led to the homicides.
Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee round out the top five rates in the study.
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