"Violent injury and death disproportionately affect adolescents and young adults in the United States. Although homicide rates have dropped in recent years, rates remain unacceptably high. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) indicate that homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds overall. In this age group, homicide is the number one cause of death among African Americans, the second leading cause of death among Hispanics, and the third leading cause of death among American Indians. In 2002, 5,219 youth ages 15 to 24 were murdered--an average of 14 per day. Violence does not have to be fatal to greatly affect individuals and communities. Estimates from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System suggest that more than 589,000 youth ages 15 to 24 were treated for nonfatal, assault-related injuries in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2002. That is 111 nonfatal injuries for every violence-related death."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/