Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Fordham student Sydney Monfries dies from injuries after falling from campus tower

Fordham student Sydney Monfries dies from injuries after falling from campus tower

A Portland woman attending college in NY died Sunday after falling from a university clock tower.

Police say a Fordham University student was seriously injured after falling Sunday morning 140 feet from the school's iconic bell tower, according to multiple published reports.

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

A Fordham University student who died trying to get a photograph for social media posted a final video on Snapchat minutes before plunging to her death inside a clock tower.

Ms Monfries was taken to hospital in a serious condition and failed to recover.

The father was seen sobbing as he left the hospital with one of the priests a short time later. "There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", he wrote. Some students said the incident happened during a senior student tradition. "I don't think they went up there with the intent thinking that it would be possible to fall".

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

However, Anne said the Keating Hall clock tower was regularly left open at night.

According to the university, Monfries had climbed the clock tower with some friends. But there is no bell in the tower, the school said.

It was reported that Sydney may have been participating in a "rite of passage".

'He told me some seniors [wanted to go] to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating, ' he said. That's part of the allure for some students, The Observer reported. "I, personally, never heard about that. They are always doing some kind of cleaning or renovation", she said.

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. First responders reportedly had to use a rescue basket to lift her out of the tower because it was so narrow. It had the caption, "Bell tower".

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