Sydney Monfries Death: Fordham Student Dies After Fall From Clock Tower

April FrancisApr 16, 2019

The Fordham University coed who plummeted 40 feet from the campus's landmark clock tower Sunday morning has died, according to school officials.

Sydney Monfries, 22, a senior at New York City's Fordham University, died Sunday as a result of the injuries she sustained when she fell inside the campus' famed Keating Hall tower. The university said they will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which will present to her parents at the appropriate time.

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, fell from a bell tower as she attempted to take photos of the NY skyline.

She was rushed to hospital - being described in an "extremely critical condition" - where she died.

A student, named only as Dave, who met Sydney and her friends hours before the tragedy, said: "My roommate was with them".

Police say emergency responders found the woman lying on the ground inside the tower with trauma to her head and body at about 3 a.m. Sunday. "He told me some seniors (wanted to go) to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating".

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One student, identified only as Anne, told the U.S. publication she believed Ms Monfries had climbed the tower with several other students when the tragedy occurred. Police said the group of seniors wanted to get a view of the city skyline, WABC reported.

A waiter at the restaurant where they had dinner beforehand told The New York Post that he did not know if they had been drinking. "As the clock tower is a rather risky, and therefore secured, area of campus, students would likely face disciplinary action if they entered it".

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", wrote school President Joseph McShane in a letter to students. Monfries hailed from Portland, Oregon, The Observer, the school newspaper, reported.

However, a university senior told Observer "the doors aren't always locked". "If it is, it's kind of stupid", junior Linda Yenicag said.

And despite the tower being off-limits to students, that hasn't stopped them from climbing it. "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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