Using NYPD Data, Painting a Portrait of the Average Homicide Victim

The average homicide victim is a young black man with a prior arrest who was likely shot dead in a revenge killing during the overnight hours in Brooklyn, according to an NYPD report released Friday.

The NYPD released a visual analysis (see below) on 515 victims who were classified as homicide victims in 2011 and the 373 suspects identified in their murders.

The analysis paints an interesting and sometime unexpected picture of the city's murder victims:

  • More than 60 percent of homicide victims were black
  • One in five homicide victims were woman
  • Nearly 75 percent of homicide victims had prior arrests
  • 38 percent of homicide victims were killed because of dispute/revenge
  •  61 percent were shot dead
  •  33 percent were killed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

As of Friday, there have been 136 murders in New York City — 20 percent lower than last year. If the trend continues, New York City will experience a new record low by the year’s end.


NYPD: Murder in NYC 2011