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Expanded Homicide Data Table 10

Murder Circumstances

by Relationship,1 2015

Circumstances Total
murder
victims
Husband Wife Mother Father Son Daughter Brother Sister Other
family
Acquaintance Friend Boyfriend Girlfriend Neighbor Employee Employer Stranger Unknown
Total 13,455 113 509 125 131 255 162 108 32 286 2,801 365 152 496 95 8 10 1,375 6,432
Felony type total: 2,014 3 37 8 12 28 18 7 9 36 533 68 9 34 18 5 1 388 800
Rape 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2
Robbery 595 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 128 20 1 0 2 3 1 211 225
Burglary 102 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 7 30 1 0 2 4 1 0 24 31
Larceny-theft 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 2
Motor vehicle theft 41 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 11 0 0 3 0 0 0 13 9
Arson 19 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6
Prostitution and commercialized vice 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
Other sex offenses 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 3
Narcotic drug laws 468 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 174 22 0 4 0 0 0 28 234
Gambling 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other-not specified 735 3 34 7 10 24 17 7 8 17 165 23 6 21 10 1 0 97 285
Suspected felony type 117 4 7 1 0 7 3 0 1 4 19 2 0 6 0 0 0 8 55
Other than felony type total: 5,958 84 367 80 92 171 110 88 19 176 1,714 229 120 355 59 2 7 588 1,697
Romantic triangle 106 3 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 52 4 3 9 0 0 0 8 10
Child killed by babysitter 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 30 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Brawl due to influence of alcohol 112 0 2 0 2 1 1 11 0 4 37 8 1 1 4 1 0 20 19
Brawl due to influence of narcotics 75 0 2 2 1 5 2 1 0 1 28 8 1 3 0 0 0 7 14
Argument over money or property 184 2 5 3 2 4 0 4 1 10 100 9 3 3 5 0 0 11 22
Other arguments 2,941 64 242 45 64 35 20 62 5 100 940 150 97 276 34 1 4 281 521
Gangland killings 188 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 36 6 0 0 0 0 0 28 115
Juvenile gang killings 604 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 105 3 0 0 0 0 0 56 440
Institutional killings 24 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Sniper attack 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Other-not specified 1,683 14 100 28 23 125 87 10 13 56 367 40 15 63 15 0 3 174 550
Unknown 5,366 22 98 36 27 49 31 13 3 70 535 66 23 101 18 1 2 391 3,880
  • 1 Relationship is that of victim to offender.
  • NOTE: The relationship categories of husband and wife include both common-law and ex-spouses. The categories of mother, father, sister, brother, son, and daughter include stepparents, stepchildren, and stepsiblings. The category of acquaintance includes homosexual relationships and the composite category of other known to victim.