Student Dies After Tripping, Falling From Tower At Fordham University

A Fordham University student was critically injured in a fall from the clock tower in Keating Hall

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. "And they were like trying to get good views of the city", student Antonia Greene said.

Students were then told they needed to take a photo outside one of the top windows with against the skyline. Another student, Anne, told the New York Post: "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

The school said it was investigating how the students gained access to the tower. The 22-year-old and her friends reportedly climbed the tower's stairs in the Bronx, N.Y.at roughly 3 a.m. Sunday morning, and was later rushed to the hospital after getting critically injured. "There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation, Fordham will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time".

A student, named only as Dave, who met Sydney and her friends hours before the tragedy, said: "My roommate was with them".

According to U.S. media reports, Ms Monfries slipped on her way up the tower's spiral staircase and was found by emergency services at about 3.17am.

"There's the three things you have to do at Fordham", said Lili Huang, a 21-year-old, told the Times.

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School officials confirmed the letter to The Post.

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

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. But some said they have never heard of being allowed inside the tower.

Our deepest condolences are with Monfries' family and friends during this incredibly hard and tragic time.

Her death was announced to students in an email sent by the school, which described the "unimaginable loss" suffered by Ms Monfries' family, friends and school community.

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