Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Student, 22, dies after falling 12m from NY clock tower

Student, 22, dies after falling 12m from NY clock tower

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, suffered fatal injuries following the horror plunge at Fordham University campus in NY, weeks before graduation.

"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.

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

School officials confirmed the letter to The Post.

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

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She was safely returned to the ground after being lifted out of one of the tower's windows and rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was placed on life support in an "extremely critical" condition.

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. Her uncle Gregory Monfries, said: "This is not a good time". Another student, Anne, told the New York Post: "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

University officials said Monfries died after losing her footing and falling some 30 feet onto a landing below.

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.

She is being treated at a nearby hospital, according to the report.

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Some students said seniors break into the tower as a kind of a rite of passage. That's part of the allure for some students, The Observer reported.

He said Ms Monfries and her friends left the establishment an hour or two before it closed at 4am.

"It's like a tradition, apparently, for seniors to sneak into the tower and climb up". But some said they have never heard of being allowed inside the tower.

Howe stated that it is too early to know if the lock was tampered with. "They usually go late at night at around 1 or 2 a.m.to drink and see the view". It had the caption, "Bell tower".

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