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Nebraska continues to have one of the highest black homicide rates in the U.S., a study released Thursday concluded.

The study by the Violence Policy Center analyzed FBI homicide data from 2013 and determined Nebraska had the fourth highest black homicide victimization rate that year.

Twenty-five blacks were killed in the state that year, equaling a rate of 27.65 per 100,000 people, according to the center's study, which used the most recent data available.

That rate was almost double the national homicide rate for blacks of 16.91 per 100,000 that year and well above America's overall homicide rate of 4.27 per 100,000, according to the report.

Nebraska's rate stood fourth highest after Indiana, Missouri and Michigan.

All three of those states had at least six times the black population of Nebraska, which was estimated at about 109,000 in 2013, according to the U.S. Census.

"In America, black men and women face a disproportionate risk of being murdered, a fact both alarming and unacceptable,” the center's executive director Josh Sugarmann said in a news release.

Nebraska's black homicide rate has been among the highest in the nation the last three years that data has been accumulated, ranking the highest in 2011 and second-highest in 2012, according to the center.

By comparison, none of the states neighboring Nebraska made the ranking's top 10, according to the center's analysis.

The report didn't breakdown where in the state the homicides occurred.

But most of the killings likely took place in Omaha, where 42 of the 56 criminal homicides in the state occurred in 2013, according to the Nebraska Crime Commission.

None of the five people killed in Lincoln that year were black, according to Journal Star homicide records.

Twenty-one of the 25 black people killed in Nebraska in 2013 were male, and 88 percent were killed with guns.

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