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For Black homicides, Pa. ranks 5th deadliest in nation – The Philadelphia Tribune Pennsylvania ranked the fifth-highest in the nation tallying Black homicide victims — with more than 26 deaths for each 100,000 Black residents, according to a study released this week by the Violence Policy Center.

The rate was significantly higher than the national Black homicide victim rate of 16.38 victims for each 100,000 Black residents.

The study, released March 28, was based on data from 2014 in which the state recorded 387 Black homicide victims. In cases where the relationship between the victim and the offender could be identified, the study found most of the victims were killed by someone they knew.

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Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,442 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2015. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley—a region located in the Northeastern United States at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers with 7.2 million people residing in the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

In 1682, William Penn, an English Quaker, founded the city to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Several other key Philadelphia events during the Revolution include the First and Second Continental Congress, the preservation of the Liberty Bell, the Battle of Germantown, the Siege of Fort Mifflin, and the Philadelphia Convention. Philadelphia was one of the nation’s capitals in the Revolutionary War, and served as temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and railroad hub that grew from an influx of European immigrants. It became a prime destination for African-Americans in the Great Migration and surpassed two million occupants by 1950. (Wikipedia).