Andy Puglisi was a quietly spoken boy with large brown eyes and brown hair. He was the eldest of five siblings. And he had “a smile that was bigger than he was,” according to his childhood friend Melanie Perkins, who talked to The Boston Globe in 1999.
Andy lived in the Stadium Housing Project, a complex of blandly colored apartments named after Lawrence High School Stadium. His mother, Faith, had married his father, Angelo Puglisi, when she was 15 and he was 19. Their marriage was never stable and a year before Andy’s disappearance, it ended in divorce.
The public pool where Puglisi was last seen was well known to local families. For just 15 cents, kids could escape the summer heat and stay in the water all day. “It was the place to hang out if you lived in the projects,” Perkins told The Boston Globe.