JOSEPH P. ANCHUNDIA: Friends,
P. Anchundia, Judd Cavalier and Ian Crystal were best
friends from grade school. They went off to different
colleges, but after graduation it seemed only natural to
get back together in a four-bedroom duplex in Midtown
Manhattan. "When I mention Joe, I have to mention Judd,"
Mr. Crystal said. "We always pictured ourselves growing
old together, hanging out. We never got sick of each
As children, their bond was going to Flower Hill
Elementary School in Huntington, on Long Island. Later,
it was bars. Still later, it was the monthly rounds of
theaters and steakhouses. Mr. Anchundia loved Filli
Ponte's lobster; Mr. Cavalier, who worked with Mr.
Anchundia, a trader at Sandler O'Neill & Partners,
liked Smith & Wollensky so much he wanted to decorate
their apartment the same aristocratic shade of green.
But among them, Mr. Anchundia, 26, stood out for being
sweet and happy. So happy, he would wake up at 6 in the
morning, crank up Steely Dan, and enter the shower
Mr. Anchundia was a middle child and a momma's boy.
His last note to Mr. Crystal, who had gone away to
business school, said, "I love you bro bro broski bro