SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Statistics released by the Indiana Youth Institute show Indiana saw a sharp increase in homicides among children and teenagers.
The number of homicide deaths among those 19 and younger jumped from 35 in 2012 to 65 in 2013, with 73.1 percent of those deaths coming in Marion, Lake and Allen counties, the state’s three most populous counties.
The institute’s interim CEO and president, Glenn Augustine, called the statistics alarming.
The statistic show homicide was the top cause of death among blacks ages 15 to 24, with 105 deaths. Accidents were the second leading cause with 32, followed by suicide with 10 and fourth was death by a law enforcement officer, with four. Among both whites and Hispanics, accidents were the leading cause of death, followed by suicide and homicide.