College student dies after falling from campus clock tower weeks before graduation

Sydney Monfries

A 22-year-old Fordham University student was fatally injured early Sunday during a banned "rite of passage" at the Bronx campus.

In a statement, Fordham University said they student's family has been notified, and university officials are investigating how the students gained access to the tower, which is supposed to be locked and off limits.

"I know you join me in keeping Sydney, and her family and loved ones, in your thoughts and prayers", Father McShane also said, reported the New York Times.

According to a report from the New York Times, Fordham University senior Sydney Monfries passed away over the weekend during an unauthorized trip with friends to the top of the campus bell tower.

Emergency responders transported her to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she died later in the day.

"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", a senior student told the news outlet.

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Monfries and a group of friends climbed the tower at roughly 3 a.m. However, a senior, Anne, who declined to give her last name, said that "the doors aren't always locked".

Another student, Anne, told the New York Post: "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened". It had the caption, "Bell tower".

The fall knocked her unconscious and when paramedics arrived, they struggled to her out because the staircase was too narrow for them to maneuver the stretcher she was on.

"Regardless of rules and an arduous ascent, climbing to the Keating clock tower tops the bucket list of many Fordham students".

'She couldn't breath. She hit her head, ' he said. Fordham University has responded to the tragedy by providing counseling to all students who seek it. She died on Sunday evening, one month shy of graduation. "Fordham will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time", McShane continued.

"There are no words to describe the loss of one so young and a lot of vespreche people", - quotes the "New York Times" from an E-Mail from the University presidents to the students.

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