Google Maps to remove crime scene photo from database

    6:56 AM, Nov 19, 2013   |    comments
    • Share
    • Print
    • - A A A +

    RICHMOND, CA (CNN) -- A photo of a murder victim's body published online brings all the painful memories back to his family. In what is apparently a first for Google maps, the company is making an exception to get the satellite image updated.

    Jose Barrera brushes away tears when he talks about his 14-year-old son, Kevin, shot dead four years ago in Richmond. Friday, his pain was compounded when we discovered satellite images available on Google maps. They show the crime scene and his son's body. He says, "It's really hard and painful for my family because like I say, all the memories coming back."

    José said that he wanted Google to take the images down. After his story aired, he got a call from Google maps' vice president. Barrera says the company told him, "We apologize. We're really sorry. We're gonna remove those images."

    Google maps confirmed that Monday. They will replace the satellite images, something the search giant has never done. They released a statement saying, "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."

    José told us he is grateful, though it still pains him that Google published the images in the first place.

    Four years later, his son's murder remains unsolved, and he hopes Google's mistake will bring attention to a murder case that has gone cold.

    The image is still searchable on Google maps, but Google says it will take about eight days to remove the image permanently.

    Most Watched Videos