Google to remove image from Google Maps that shows a murder investigation

Over the years, Google's attempt to photograph and map the entire world has resulted in some rather odd images being posted. Most of those images have remained for anyone to check out. However, the company has now agreed to quickly remove and replace a satellite photo in Google Maps that inadvertently showed a picture of a murder investigation.

According to KTVU, the image shows the scene where 14-year-old Kevin Barrera was found shot to death near some railway tracks in Richmond, California in 2009, along with police officers who were investigating the crime. The victim's father, Jose Barrera, says he found out about the Google Maps photo last week and has asked Google to take down the image.

In a statement sent to KTVU, Brian McClendon, the vice president of Google Maps, stated that the company has agreed to remove and replace the picture within the next eight days. He said:

Our hearts go out to the family of this young boy. Since the media first contacted us about the image, we’ve been looking at different technical solutions. 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.

There's no word on why this image is only just now coming to light. It's also unclear when the photo was first uploaded and published on Google Maps.

Source: KTVU | Google Maps image via Shutterstock

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