Father wants slain teen’s image taken off of Google Maps

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RICHMOND, Calif. — A man said he hadn’t seen the satellite image of his son’s 2009 homicide on Google Maps until recently, but when he did, he felt as if the crime happened yesterday. Jose Barrera told Bay Area TV station KTVU┬áthat in light of the discovery, he is asking the company to change the image out of respect for his son.

Barrera’s son, Kevin, was 14 when he was fatally shot in 2009 near the area of 1100 Hensley Street in Richmond. His killer has still not been found, and it makes the sight of the image unbearable for Barrera.

A Google Maps satellite appears to show the homicide scene where 14-year-old Kevin Barrera was shot to death in 2009. Barrera's father, Jose, said he is asking Google to remove the image.

A Google Maps satellite appears to show the homicide scene where 14-year-old Kevin Barrera was shot to death in 2009. Barrera’s father, Jose, said he is asking Google to remove the image.

“What’s the point? To show those pictures to a person, pictures of my dead son. This is really painful for the whole family,” Barrera told KTVU.

It appears that his pleas may be successful. In an update to the video report from KTVU, the station reports that the Google Maps Vice President Brian McClendon stated in an e-mail that the company is working to make an exception for this case.

“Our hearts go out to the family of this young boy. 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’s statement read.

He also said he believes the company can replace the image within eight days.

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2 comments

  • Melanie

    Could Google Map go back in their images and see if it caught video of this young boys killer? Just wondering if Satellite images could be used for this. Kudos for Google making this exception. Prayers to the family.

    • Andrew Lynch

      I think that’s a good question, but if I’m not mistaken those images are collected more as a snapshot than rolling footage. However, this may be a good thing for the family where interest into the case can be reignited and maybe new information comes out.