Google has said it will remove images of a murdered teenager from Google Maps, in order to prevent any more distress to the boy’s family.
Back in August 2009, 14-year-old Kevin Barrera was shot to death on his way home from school in the East Bay area of San Francisco. A local TV Station called KTVU spotted the Google satellite images showing Kevin’s body, a police patrol car and officers on the crime scene. They alerted the family, who requested that Google remove the pictures.
Mr Barrera said: “When I see this image, that’s still like that happened yesterday. And that brings me back to a lot of memories.”
Google responded immediately by saying it would update the Maps app to remove the image and that it would take eight days to fill the gap.
Currently there is no facility to report Google satellite images.
In a statement, Google Maps vice-president Brian McClendon said: “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.”
The case of Kevin Barrera’s murder was never solved. His father says that althought the sight of the image was upsetting, he hopes it may prompt the police to take another look at the case files.
[Image via Fox4KC]