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Study: Kern County has 9th highest homicide rate for young people in state

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Kern County has the ninth-highest homicide victimization rate for young Californians.

The Violence Policy Center, based in Washington, D.C., released the results Thursday for its fifth annual "Lost Youth" study.

The group examined homicide data for Californians ages 10 to 24. The most recent data available was from 2013, according to the group.

Monterey County has the highest homicide victimization rate for young people in the state. Monterey County had 23.48 homicides for that age group per 100,000 people.

Kern County had 10.62 homicides for that age group per 100,000 people.

The top 10 in order were: Monterey, Madera, San Francisco, Alameda, Merced, Solano, Stanislaus, Butte, Kern and San Joaquin.

Homicide was the second-leading cause of death for this age group in the state.

"Most of California's young homicide victims die by gunfire. Comprehensive efforts to reduce youth homicide should take into account the role played by firearms, including what types of weapons are most frequently used and where they come from," VPC Executive Director Josh Sugarmann said in a news release.

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