Dad asks for Google Maps to remove image of dead son

Jose Barrera, the father of 14-year-old Kevin Barrera who was gunned down in 2009, wants this image...

Jose Barrera, the father of 14-year-old Kevin Barrera who was gunned down in 2009, wants this image removed from Google Maps' satellite images because he says it shows his son's body laying beside train tracks in Richmond, Calif. (Google/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

A California man has asked Google to remove an image of his dead son from its satellite view.

Jose Barrera says if you look at the satellite image of train tracks in Richmond, Calif., you can see his son's body, as well as police officers in the area.

"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."

Kevin Barrera was 14 when his body was found along the railroad tracks in 2009. Police said he had been shot. No one has ever been charged in his death.

In a statement, Brian McClendon, vice-president of Google Maps, told CNN it would replace the image.

"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.

The image was still on the website Tuesday morning.


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