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Fordham senior dies after falling from clock tower weeks from graduation

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
Jeannette Daniel | 15 April, 2019, 16:41

The New York Times reports Sydney Monfries, a 22-year-old student at Fordham University, plummeted down the inside of a clock and bell tower early Sunday.

The New York Police Department said the unidentified student went to the Keating Hall clock tower with her friends around 4am.

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

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.

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.

According to the university, Monfries had climbed the clock tower with some friends. Bob Howe, assistant vice president for communications, explained that "access to that tower is always locked".

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The tower is the central part of Keating Hall on the university's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. "They were like, 'We're seniors, let's go!'" he said.

Reportedly seniors were planning to climb the tower and touch the bell. "If he wasn't there, I don't know, she might have been worse off", he said.

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.

Sydney was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine - being set to graduate in May.

Her death was announced to students in an email sent by the school, which described the "unimaginable loss" suffered by Ms Monfries' family, friends and school community. The university said they will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which will present to her parents at the appropriate time.

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