Report: NM 2nd in nation for violent deaths

Posted at: 04/11/2013 10:05 PM
Updated at: 04/11/2013 10:12 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When you think about New Mexico's state of health, violence plays a leading role in the statistics.
A new report from the state Department of Health says that New Mexico has the 2nd highest violent death rate in the nation. It also says that in 2011, homicide was the 3rd leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34.
Lisa Rains' son, John Rains, is now part of those statistics. He was murdered in Grants in 2012. Lisa Rains says the high violence in New Mexico is because of the lenient laws.

"It's almost like there's a big huge sign posted 'if you're a murderer or want to commit a serious crime, come to New Mexico because you're going to walk away,'" Rains said.

The state Department of Health report attributes a lot of the state's health problems to the population's socioeconomic status.

Read the report.