Fordham student dies after falling from clock tower

A 22-year-old Fordham University was crtically injured as she climbed the school's bell tower early Sunday with other students to snap

Sydney Monfries, 22, died on Sunday after breaking into the Bell Tower at the university's campus with a group of friends in the early hours of the morning.

A Fordham University student who climbed the campus' landmark bell tower Sunday to snap photos of the New York City skyline suffered critical injuries after she accidentally fell. "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends - theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".

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".

According to the university, the student climbed the clock tower with some 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.

Regarding her death, he added, There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise-and mere weeks from graduation. "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

In a letter to students, Fordham University president Joseph M. McShane said Monfries was weeks from graduating with her bachelor's degree.

For many Rose Hill students, the allure of the clock tower has become irresistible.

The journalism student and her friends had just had dinner at a barbecue restaurant and made a decision to climb the tower as a "rite of passage" before graduating next month, according to staff there.

She is being treated at a nearby hospital, according to the report. It was reported that Sydney may have been participating in a "rite of passage" ceremony or event.

Monfries fell inside the tower (shown) through a gap in the landing.

"It's like a tradition, apparently, for seniors to sneak into the tower and climb up".

"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", one senior student said. "They are always doing some kind of cleaning or renovation", she said. They usually go late at night at around 1 or 2 a.m.to drink and see the view, ' Priscilla Morales told The New York Times. She posted a video from the top on Snapchat early Sunday, the newspaper reports. It had the caption, "Bell tower".

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