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The majority of these homicides are committed by persons known to the victim, an estimated one in three homicides of females is committed by current or former spouses or boyfriends, while among male homicide victims, five percent are killed by intimate partners (Paulozzi pp).

According to a recent study of Cook County published in the June 01, 2005 issue of "Pediatrics," more than 90% of deaths among delinquent youth were homicides (Mileusnic pp). Moreover, more than 90% of deaths were from gunshot wounds, either homicidal, accidental or self-inflicted (Mileusnic pp). Researchers found that 12.9 deaths per 100,000 youth were homicide (Mileusnic pp). Even among the general population in the United States, homicides are not uncommon among youth, and although homicide rates have decreased since the early 1990's, homicides still represent 15.8% of all deaths among youth (Mileusnic pp). More than one third of homicide deaths in 2002 involved persons 25 years of age or younger, and on an average day in the year 2000, 3.56 persons 18 years of age or young became victims of homicide (Mileusnic pp). Homicide rates for the study in Cook County were more than double those among male youth 15 to 24 years of age in Cali, Columbia (Mileusnic pp).

Furthermore, their findings highlight the role of firearms in early violent deaths, especially homicides, nearly 80% of homicides among youth are related to firearms (Mileusnic pp). Although homicide rates are decreasing among all racial/ethnic groups and ages, these decreases have not been as dramatic among African-American youth (Mileusnic pp).

For family members, coping with the aftermath of murder is a difficult and long process that includes a combination of therapeutic approaches (Asaro pp).

Work Cited

Asaro, M. Regina. "Working with adult homicide survivors, part II: helping family members cope with murder." Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. 10/1/2001. Retrieved July 07, 2005 from HighBeam Research Library Web site.

Fox, Alan; Zawitz W. "Homicide Trends in the United States: 2000 Update." U.S.

Department of Justice. Retrieved July 07, 2005 from:

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Mileusnic, Darinka. "Early violent death among delinquent youth: a prospective longitudinal study." Pediatrics. 6/1/2005. Retrieved July 07, 2005 from HighBeam Research Library Web site.

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Patricia. "Surveillance for Homicide Among Intimate Partners: United States, 1981-1998." October 12, 2001. Retrieved…

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Work Cited

Asaro, M. Regina. "Working with adult homicide survivors, part II: helping family members cope with murder." Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. 10/1/2001. Retrieved July 07, 2005 from HighBeam Research Library Web site.

Fox, Alan; Zawitz W. "Homicide Trends in the United States: 2000 Update." U.S.

Department of Justice. Retrieved July 07, 2005 from:

http://64.233.187.104/search?q=cache:HKXaltTyeOAJ:www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/htus00.pdf+homicide+in+united+states& hl=en

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