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Father Fights To Have Google Maps Image Of Son’s Body Removed



(KTVU)Google Maps is no stranger to being accused of accidentally capturing grisly murder scenes, but one California father says this time Google really did stumble upon the body of an actual murder victim: His son.

Jose Barrera’s 14-year-old son Kevin was shot and killed back in August of 2009, and his body was found lifeless near the Union Pacific railroad tracks in Richmond.

Barrera believes that a Google Maps image that recently surfaced online shows the scene where Kevin’s body was discovered, and wants Google to remove it.

“When I see this image, that’s still like that happened yesterday,” Barrera told KTVU. “And that brings me back to a lot of memories.”

Barrera’s heartache is compounded by the fact that Kevin’s killer was never found.

Brian McClendon, the vice president of Google Maps, said the company was making an exception and accelerating the replacement of the controversial satellite image.

“Our hearts go out to the family of this young boy. Since the media first contacted us about the image, we’ve been looking at different technical solutions,” said the statement from McClendon. “Google has never accelerated the replacement of updated satellite imagery from our maps before, but given the circumstances we wanted to make an exception in this case.”

McClendon said that his company believes that they can replace the image within eight days.

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