Local youth advocates hope to combat teen homicide

Phil Chalmers, author of "Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer"
Phil Chalmers, author of "Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer"

AMARILLO, TX - Amarillo's crime rate against children inside their homes is almost two to three times the state average.

Phil Chalmers, author of "Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer" has studied nearly 1000 murder cases where teens were the perpetrator. He says the number one cause for teen homicides is an unstable family.

"The key is to have a stable home. Know where your kids are, have boundaries for your kids. When kids have no boundaries, they stumble into homicide either as a victim or a perpetrator." said Chalmers

There are other signs Chalmers says to look for like, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol abuse and a fascination with poverty. Hundreds of area law enforcement agents and counselors gathered Tuesday at the Civic Center to discuss these warning signs and how to prevent them.

If you are interested in getting a look at the list or how you can protect your children, click here.