Fordham student dies after fall from campus clock tower

Sydney Monfries suffered critical injuries in the fall. Source Facebook Sydney MonfriesMore

Sydney Monfries suffered critical injuries in the fall. Source Facebook Sydney MonfriesMore

The university said authorized school officials "have sometimes given tours of the tower, in part to satisfy students' curiosity about it, and reduce the likelihood that they would attempt to enter the structure without authorization".

The senior continued, "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

Though the trek to the top of the locked tower at Fordham's Rose Hill campus is forbidden, it's become a rite of passage for students who sneak into the off-limits property after dark, as previously described in the school's newspaper.

University bosses are now investigating to find out how the group gained access to the tower.

"You have to ride the ram", she said of a statue on campus, adding that students also "have to go into the tunnels underground and you have to go into the bell tower".

"The doors aren't always locked".

"They're unlocked at night when they're cleaning", the student claimed. "They are always doing some kind of cleaning or renovation", she said. The decision by Monfries and friends to fulfill this rite is what ultimately led to Monfries's tragic death only weeks before her anticipated graduation in May 2019, making the ascent up the bell tower a rite of passage only for those who are lucky enough to survive.

'They were like, "We're seniors, let's go!". My roommate was with them. It had the caption, "Bell tower".

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Her uncle Gregory Monfries, said: "This is not a good time".

The waiter said that after she fell, his roommate rushed to be by her side.

Sydney Monfries, 22, barely had a pulse when emergency workers discovered her on the second floor of the Keating Hall clock tower at Fordham University. She fell 40 feet through the inside of the tower and struck her head on the ground.

Monfries was set to graduate with a degree in journalism next month.

The school will award Monfries a posthumous bachelor's degree.

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

USA media reported emergency services struggled to rescue gravely injured Ms Monfries from the building after they realised it wasn't possible to carry her via stretcher down the staircase.

The area she landed in was reportedly so narrow that first responders had to lift her out with a rescue basket while performing chest compressions.

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