National studies have found that young black males in Louisiana are 20 times more likely to be homicide victims by age 24 than any other race in the state.
But like the rest of the population, the primary cause of death for black males younger than 15 is accidents. And after age 35, the causes of death for black men mostly align with the rest of the population, with heart attacks being the primary culprit.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources show homicide far exceeds any other causes of death for black men ages 15 to 35. One report shows homicide rates more than twice as high as accidental deaths for black males age 15-19.
A 2009 national report shows Louisiana ranked fourth in the nation in the per-capita homicide rate for black males. (Shreveport Times)