Indianapolis had similarly disproportionate numbers. In 2015, the city had 144 homicides. Seventy-two percent of those victims were black. Of the 14 homicide victims this year to date, 78 percent have been black.
Ten Point Coalition leader Rev. Charles Harrison says areas of the city seeing the most success in reducing homicides rates are neighborhoods like Butler-Tarkington and the United Northwest.
"We're failing in Indianapolis because we have made this a police issue and the police cannot solve the social ills of our society today," Harrison said. "If we are going to be successful in address this in the state of Indiana, we have to get these neighborhoods involved."
The study ranked Missouri at number two in the nation, with Michigan taking third place.