Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@yajairalyb
This is the viral moment a young woman finds her deceased grandfather sitting outside his house on Google Maps several years after his death.
The incident was shared on social media by netizen ‘Yajaira’ who looked up her dead grandfather’s farmhouse in the community of Labor de Guadalupe in the north-western Mexican state of Durango on Google.
According to Yajaira, who reportedly lives in North Carolina in the US, her beloved grandfather passed away “a few years ago” and she never got to say goodbye to him.
The video has gone viral with 4.1 million views on Twitter.
In the footage, the netizen is seen using Google Maps to navigate along some dirt lanes before arriving at a bungalow where an elderly man is seen sitting in the shade outside the front door.
Yajaira wrote on Twitter: “My grandpa passed away a few years ago. We didn’t get to say goodbye to him.
“Yesterday we found out Google Maps finally drove through his farm and as we were curious going through it, where the road ends, there is my grandpa, just sitting there.”
The viral video prompted other netizens to post videos and screenshots of their deceased loved ones who had been recorded by Google Maps prior to their deaths.
Twitter user ‘HoangryAF’ wrote “same as my buddy Lucky, rest in peace” next to a picture of a dog that is his deceased pet.
Netizen ‘Buenrostohhh’ said: “My great grandfather passed away last month, exactly one year after our great nan left us. To see him [on Google] walking towards our old house brings back so many childhood memories.”
User ‘Tilin98’ also shared a picture of her grandfather from Google Maps and wrote: “Same thing with my grandfather, we can see him just relaxing outside our house in Mexico. Every time I miss him I always go back to find it.”
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