Murders of Hispanics between the ages of 10 and 24 in California in 2010 were five times more frequent than those of their white peers, according to a study presented Tuesday by the Violence Policy Center.

The report, entitled "Lost Youth: A County-by-County Analysis of 2010 California Homicide Victims Ages 10 to 24," found that 53 percent of the 680 homicide victims were Hispanic, 34 percent were African American and 7 percent were white.

Black youths are 22 times more likely to be murdered than white youths.

The investigation was based on data from the California Department of Justice Supplementary Homicide Report.

Regarding the relationship between the victims and their killers, among young Hispanics where the relationship could be determined, about three of every 10 were victims of homicide caused by someone they knew and 23 percent of the victims were gangmembers.

Nearly 90 percent of Hispanic murder victims were killed by guns.

More than half, 54 percent, of the homicides of young Hispanics occurred on the street, the sidewalk or in a parking lot, 14 percent in the residence of the victim or killer, 14 percent in someone else's residence and 8 percent in a vehicle.

For the second consecutive year, Monterey County had the highest rate of homicides in the 10-24 age group, with 24.36 per every 100,000 residents. Latinos made up 91 percent of the victims.

In Los Angeles County, of the 248 homicides registered among the 10-24 age group of about 2.2 million, 58 percent of the victims were Hispanic.

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