Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Student Dies After Tripping, Falling From Tower At Fordham University

Sydney Monfries Enlarge Image Sydney Monfries Facebook
Jeannette Daniel | 17 April, 2019, 15:42

Eventually, she was airlifted out through a window then lowered to the ground to be taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The waiter, whose roommate allegedly arrived on the scene shortly after the fall, said she was gravely injured.

While the entrances to the tower are supposed to be locked, thrill-seeking students often find a way inside, the Times reports.

According to the school's newspaper, the Observer, it has become a rite of passage for Fordham students to climb the gothic tower and snap pictures prior to graduation.

Fire Department sources confirmed that Monfries suffered serious injuries to her head and pelvis.

Fordham students who were not involved in the incident that took place on April 14th corroborated the sentiment that the climb up the bell tower is a rite of passage for seniors, albeit a unsafe one.

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

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The circumstances of her fall were not immediately available, police said.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", he wrote.

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, was participating in an early morning climb to the top of the Keating Clock tower on Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx when she reportedly fell almost 40 feet through an opening in the 83-year-old Gothic structure's first landing, The New York Post reported.

Monfries was from Portland, Oregon, and was studying journalism at the university.

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

The accident occurred early in the morning before Fordham's annual Spring Preview event for admitted students. Her bachelor's degree will be presented to her parents.

"It's like a senior thing to go on the most popular building on campus", said Priscilla Morales, a psychology student, told the Times. Morales admitted that it was common behavior for students to go "late at night at around one or two A.M.to drink and see the view". However, a senior, Anne, who declined to give her last name, said that "the doors aren't always locked". "I, personally, never heard about that".

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