Butte County ranked eighth in California in youth homicide

Nov 6, 2015 8:34 PM by Anthony Peters

It's a list no county wants to be a part of, yet Butte County has landed in the top 10 counties in California for youth homicide.

The report published earlier this week by the violence policy center in Washington DC. looks at violence affecting youth and young adults aged 10 to 24

"Our goal is twofold, one is to educate the public down to the local level on the impact of homicide on this age group," Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann said. "And the second is to give those on the ground working to reduce violence one metric to measure the work that they do, day in and day out."

The Violence Policy Center looked at the number of homicides per 100,000 youths in 2013, which was the latest available information when the study was being done.
In 2013, Butte County saw 6 homicides of people in that age group.
Two of those victims, 15-year old Roland Lowe and 17-year old Richard Jones Junior were killed by 73-year old Donald Clark in Magalia.

Sugarmann says it's important to study the effects of homicide on this age group as it is the number 2 cause of death.

"That's really is the age group that is the age group that is most impacted by homicide," he said. "In fact in California, homicide is the second leading cause of death for this age group."

As with the murders of Roland Lowe and Richard Jones Junior, most of the murders in the study were committed by people who knew the victim.

"We find that a large number of people actually do know who the shooters are," Sugarmann said.

Despite Butte County moving from the 19th ranked county to the 8th in a year, Sugarmann says the numbers of homicides in this age group has declined steadily since the study has been conducted.

"Overall what we've seen since we've been doing this report is the overall rate across the state has dropped," he said.


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