Fordham student dies after falling from clock tower

The bell tower on the university’s campus. Source Facebook Fordham UniversityMore

Monfries, a journalism student, had been set to graduate in May and was allegedly participating in a rite of passage many Fordham University students undertake prior to graduating when she fell on Sunday morning.

However, Fordham University officials said that the Keating Hall tower is off-limits to students and is supposed to be locked.

Friends previously said she was eager to get a good picture of the city skyline to post on her Instagram page.

Just weeks from graduation, a 22-year-old OR woman joined some friends in a senior tradition at Fordham University - climbing the stairs to the top of the New York university's iconic clock tower, the New York Daily News reported. We have just learned that Sydney Monfries, a senior, has died from injuries sustained when she fell. She was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where she died later that day, CBS News reported.

"It's scary, it's risky and I really feel bad for the person", Emma Azizo, a Fordham student, told WABC.

Emergency officials found Monfries on the second floor of the tower with trauma to her body and head, ABC 7 reported.

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However, Anne said the Keating Hall clock tower was regularly left open at night. But there is no bell in the tower, the school said.

According to reports, the student apparently climbed into the clock tower with friends.

The fall knocked her unconscious and when paramedics arrived, they struggled to her out because the staircase was too narrow for them to maneuver the stretcher she was on. "Pease don't hesitate to use them: no matter how you reach out, I promise you someone will be there to listen", he wrote.

Fordham's student paper, the Fordham Ram, detailed the risks and dangers of climbing the tower in a 2013 article.

"Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends".

"There are no words to describe the loss of one so young and a lot of vespreche people", - quotes the "New York Times" from an E-Mail from the University presidents to the students. McShane says the school plans to award the student a bachelor's degree posthumously.

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