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#1 Hum

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 17:46

RICHMOND, CA — A California father is asking Google to take down a controversial satellite image that he says shows the body of his teenage son, who was killed in 2009.

The Google Maps image shows police officers standing near 14-year-old Kevin Barrera, who was found, shot to death, along some railroad tracks.

The victim's father Jose Barrera said he learned about the disturbing image earlier this week, and he's asking the internet search engine to pull it out of respect for his son.

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

But according to technology analyst Rob Enderle, the Barrera family may face an uphill battle as they try to have the offensive image taken down.

“When they remove it for one person for one thing, then how do they not do it for others?” said Enderle. “And so they've found it easier just to say no.”

But Barrera told Bay Area TV station KTVU on Sunday that he won't take no for an answer, as he's planning to lodge a complaint and possibly reach out to lawmakers for help.

In his words, he's on a mission to honor his son's memory, “to catch the guys who committed the murder and remove those pictures.”

Google did not reply to KTVU’s e-mail seeking a comment about the image.

As of Sunday, Kevin Barrera's killer has not been caught.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:50

 

The Google Maps image shows police officers standing near 14-year-old Kevin Barrera, who was found, shot to death, along some railroad tracks.

 

That seems a bit perverse for them to be showing something like that in Maps.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:08

They could just spend a few minutes and edit it out.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:19

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:24

poor father :cry: :/



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 04:47

They could just spend a few minutes and edit it out.

They could just have me edit the photo for free. ;) I have the time.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 04:49

It's nice to be copied. :p



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 22:29

Grieving dad gets Google Maps change

 

When Jose Barrera’s 14-year-old son was found shot to death along a lonely stretch of railroad tracks near their home in Richmond, California, four years ago, his heart was broken. Now, because of a Google Maps image of his son Kevin’s body that's been making its way around the Web, the father is crushed all over again. “The memories have been coming back really fast,” he tells Yahoo Shine about the unsolved murder. “It’s really painful.” Luckily, Google has been quick to respond, promising to remove the photo.

http://shine.yahoo.c...-194452031.html

 

Fox News reports that Google has said it may take 8 days to replace the aerial photo.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 22:44

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