The homicide rate among 10- to 24-year-olds fell to 7.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010, the lowest rate since 1981, CDC researchers said Thursday. The annual rate of firearm-related homicides was 3.7 times greater than non-firearm homicides during the study period. "Even though we have seen this promising decline, youth homicide is still among the top three leading causes of death for our young people," lead author Corinne Ferdon wrote in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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