- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The number of youths that died as a result of violence in Nashville increased last year.

The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1PFZWjW ) reports 20 of the 75 reported homicides in 2015 were teenagers or younger. That was the highest number of violent youth deaths in Nashville in the past decade. The second-highest was 18 in 2008.

Three of the 20 victims were infants who died as a result of abuse. Of the slain teens, all died as a result of gunfire. Fifteen of them were male and all but four were African-American.

In an effort to address the violence, Mayor Megan Barry organized a Youth Violence Summit last month. During the meeting, she promised to create a new plan to tackle the issue by March.

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Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com

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