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The CDC investigated youth homicide trends over almost thirty years between 1981 and 2010.

It found that since 1994, there's been a significant drop in the homicide rate.

But Dr. Corinne Ferdon, a behavioral scientist at the CDC's division of violence prevention, says that decline has slowed in recent years, "Even though we've had these declines, homicide still ranks in the top three leading cause of death for young people."

Unintentional injury and suicide are the other two leading causes.

In Oregon, the number of homicides for 10 to 24-year-olds has also declined, from a high of 47 in 1995, to 10 in 2009.

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CDC Study: Homicide Rates

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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