Youth Homicide Rate Reaches Recent High

The number of young people killed in homicides reached a level last seen in the 1990s. The increase in deaths caused by murder also correlated with a significant increase in the rate of young people dying due to suicide.

According to information released by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate of death for people aged 10-24 has increased dramatically since 2020. The death rate due to homicide increased to 10.7 per 100,000.

The increase represented a 37% increase in a two-year span. There was a similar increase in suicides among people aged 20-24, which reached a more than 50-year high.

The crime rate increased significantly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 death of George Floyd.

Suicide rates for young people increased to a rate of 11.0 per 100,000 in 2021.

The city of Baltimore blamed at least part of the increase in youth crime on school truancy. According to the city, the rate of chronic absence increased from 23% in 2016 to 58% in 2022. The city also saw a significant increase in murders involving minors.

Philadelphia saw a nearly two-fold increase in the number of minors shot in its city between 2019 and 2021. In 2021 the number of young people killed by homicide was more than triple the number from 2015.

Earlier this year, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones (D) condemned a spree of carjacking, robbery and murder allegedly committed by a group of three youths aged 16-18 within a 48-hour span.

The suspects allegedly murdered a woman during an attempted carjacking, killing her in front of her child.

The suspects were arrested after they crashed a vehicle, which they allegedly stole after holding a gun to the head of its owner. The 16-year-old will face adult charges for the crimes.

“The root cause of crime is poverty,” local news quoted a resident as saying.

The increase in crime among young people also corresponded with significant spikes in crime rates among all age groups.