Mother devastated after son, 11, killed in Edmonton dog attack while visiting father

The mother of a boy killed in a dog attack this week in south Edmonton says the last few days have been agonizing after the death of her son.

Kache Grist, of Osoyoos, B.C., died Monday; Edmonton police say dog bite was cause of death

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Kache Grist, 11, is being remembered as a sweet and polite boy who was always willing to help others. (Submitted by Kendrah Wong)

The last few days have been agonizing, said Kendrah Wong, as she mourns for her 11-year-old son, who was killed in a dog attack earlier this week in south Edmonton.

Kache Grist, a creative boy with a wild imagination, liked to draw and make his own plushies, Wong said. He was also polite, kind and always willing to help someone.

"He's just the sweetest boy ever," Wong told CBC News Thursday. "He held the door for ladies. He helped them walk across the street if they needed a hand. He was so gentle."

The Edmonton Police Service is investigating the fatal dog attack that happened in the Summerside area, near 82nd Street and 11th Avenue S.W., around 8 p.m. Monday.

Responding officers found Kache severely injured after having been "attacked by two very large dogs," police said in news release Monday.

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Kendrah Wong, right, said her son Kache Grist was a big fan of the comic and TV show The Walking Dead. Grist and his mother posed for a photo with actor Michael Cudlitz at Edmonton Expo. (Submitted by Kendrah Wong)

On Wednesday, police said the cause of death was found to be a dog bite, but the manner of death is "pending further investigation."

Kache, who lived in Osoyoos, a town in southern B.C., was in Edmonton visiting his father. He was set to return to B.C. a few hours after the fatal attack occurred.

"I just regret letting him go," Wong said. "The last thing I said to him was, 'Come over here. I feel like I'm never going to see you again and I'm going to miss you.'

"So I came over and he gave me five big hugs, three kisses and said 'I love you.'"

One of Wong's fondest memories with her son is when she took him to meet actors for the TV show The Walking Dead at Edmonton Fan Expo. That experience led him to dive deep into his love of reading and comic books. 

Police said the dogs belong to a roommate of the boy's father.

Wong said she was told by the boy's father that they were cane corso dogs.

The City of Edmonton says Animal Control peace officers had previously visited the house twice this year to investigate other complaints of dog attacks.

Wong said the loss of her son has been devastating.

"We had plans to travel the world," Wong said as she spoke about Kache's wish to see the world after graduating from high school.

"I said, 'You want to go? We can go tomorrow.'

"He was my world, 100 per cent."


Julia Wong

Senior reporter

Julia Wong is a senior reporter based in Edmonton.