African-Americans in Missouri killed at highest rate in country

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More African-Americans are killed by guns in Missouri than anywhere else in the country.

The annual homicide report from The Violence Policy Center studied 2014 homicide data, the most recent year available. According to the study, Missouri's homicide rate among African-Americans was double the national rate.

According to the study, there were 250 black homicide victims in Missouri in 2014, resulting in a homicide rate of 34.98 per 100,000. The national black homicide rate in 2014 was 16.38 per 100,000, and the overall national homicide rate was 4.19 per 100,000.

Activist James Clark said poverty, lack of education and lack of jobs are to blame. He also said the crime in this state is expected and accepted.

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Jamarr Mack, 14, was shot leaving the library last year. His mother said she's not surprised by the crime, she's encouraging parents to check on their children to make sure they're OK and that they don't participate in violence. Clark says the community needs to do way more to address.  

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