(WTVM) - Health officials say the homicide rate for older children and young adults has hit its lowest point in at least three decades.
According to government reports released Thursday, young people account for about a third of homicide victims.
In 2010 the homicide rate for victims ages 10 to 24 was down more than half compared to 1993, during an explosion in crime tied to crack cocaine.
Researchers from the centers for disease control and prevention went back to 1981 and found the youth homicide rate declined across the board - in males, females, whites, blacks and Hispanics.
However, declines have slowed in the last 10 years.