Thursday, 25 April, 2019


Fordham University student dead in bell tower fall

A Fordham University student was critically injured in a fall from the clock tower in Keating Hall A Fordham University student was critically injured in a fall from the clock tower in Keating Hall
Bennie Garza | 15 April, 2019, 17:28

Sydney Paige Monfries, who was studying journalism at New York's Fordham University, was killed after the horrific accident which occurred about 3am on Sunday morning.

The school has confirmed the incident as the principal wrote in a letter to students: "It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock tower in the early hours in the morning".

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

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

Emergency Medical Services rushed the student to the local hospital, where she was placed on life support.

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. "They were like, 'We're seniors, let's go!'" he said.

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

Friends previously said she was eager to get a good picture of the city skyline to post on her Instagram page.

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

Monfries and a group of friends climbed the tower at roughly 3 a.m. It was reported that Sydney may have been participating in a "rite of passage" ceremony or event.

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

The Post reported that students who climbed the tower and took photos described it as a "rite of passage" at the school.

Sydney Monfries was rushed to hospital in "extremely critical condition" after falling 40ft from a bell tower. I'll never forget all of our memories back when you lived in NJ and I'll forever cherish them!

Howe stated that it is too early to know if the lock was tampered with.

The Times reported that she had posted a video from the top of the tower via Snapchat that didn't show much.

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