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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