Fordham senior dies after falling from clock tower weeks from graduation

Fordham senior dies after falling from clock tower weeks from graduation

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.

"It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock Tower in the early hours of the morning", he said. Her family has been notified but her name was not yet released.

School spokesman Bob Howe told the New York Post the tower was "always locked" and that the organisation was looking into whether the lock had been tampered with.

Sydney Paige Monfries, a senior at Rose Hill, passed away on April 14 after falling from the clock and bell tower in Keating Hall. She was rushed to St Barnabas Hospital in "extremely critical condition" where she later died.

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

Monfries was studying journalism and set to graduate in May.

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

In 2013, a school official told the Fordham Ram that the tower was "rather dangerous" and therefore "off limits" to students.

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. It was reported that Sydney may have been participating in a "rite of passage" ceremony or event. That's part of the allure for some students, The Observer reported.

"It's like a tradition, apparently, for seniors to sneak into the tower and climb up". I'll never forget all of our memories back when you lived in NJ and I'll forever cherish them! "If it is, it's kind of stupid", junior Linda Yenicag 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. "Recently people heard the door was open or found a passageway". 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. First responders reportedly had to use a rescue basket to lift her out of the tower because it was so narrow.

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