College student dies after falling from campus clock tower weeks before graduation

Sydney Monfries

Sydney Paige Monfries, who was studying journalism at New York's Fordham University, was killed after the horrific accident which occurred about 3am on Sunday morning.

Sydney and her friends had climbed the tower to take photographs for social media, according to their friends.

Eventually, she was airlifted out through a window then lowered to the ground to be taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", Mr McShane wrote in his letter.

Monfries, who was from Portland, Ore., was a senior at Rose Hill due to graduate in May.

A waiter at the restaurant where they had dinner beforehand told The New York Post that he did not know if they had been drinking.

The circumstances of her fall were not immediately available, police said.

When the student's vitals flatlined medics quickly decided it would be safer to hoist her out of the tower in a rescue basket, one responder riding with her to perform chest compressions.

Fordham University's Keating Clock tower
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Sydney Monfries, 22, climbed the tower at around 3 a.m. when she fell through an opening, dropping 40 feet to her death, reported the New York Post.

Monfries had allegedly been participating in a senior rite of passage.

Sydney Monfries was rushed to hospital in "extremely critical condition" after falling 40ft from a bell tower. That's part of the allure for some students, The Observer reported.

A Fordham University student was critically injured Sunday after falling from a clock tower, according to a statement from the NY university. "And they were like trying to get good views of the city", student Antonia Greene said. I'm not sure if it's a tradition.

However the tower is off-limits to students and should have been locked, though there is now no information on whether the tower was unlocked or if the lock had been tampered with.

'Recently people heard the door was open or found a passageway.

Shortly before she died, Sydney uploaded a video to Snapchat from inside the bell tower.

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