15.4.19

22 Y/o Student Dies After Falling Because She Wanted Better View Of New York For Instagram

imageA 22-year-old student who fell 40 feet from Fordham University's bell tower early Sunday morning has died.

The school confirmed Sydney Paige Monfries, from Portland, Oregon, had died in a letter to students Sunday.

School President Joseph McShane wrote: '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 of the morning.

'Our hearts go out to Sydney’s parents, and her family and friends—theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief.

'There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise — and mere weeks from graduation. Fordham will confer a bachelor’s degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time.'

The New York Police Department said Monfries went to the Keating Hall clock tower with her friends around 3am.



Police said the senior fell while trying to get a better view of the city's skyline.

A student named Anne told the New York Post: 'I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened.'

Monfries fell through an opening on the first landing of the tower and struck her head on the ground.

According to the Post, the back of her head was smashed in and her vitals flat-lined at the scene.

Paramedics were able to revive her and rushed her to St Barnabas Hospital in 'extremely critical' condition.

First responders said Monfries also suffered injuries to her pelvis.

She died after her parents arrived at St Barnabas Hospital with two priests.

Students from Fordham told the Post that Monfries may have been participating in a 'rite of passage' ceremony or event.

According to students at the university, seniors climb the tower, touch the bell and take photos outside one of the top windows during the event.

None of the other students who went with Monfries were injured.

The university said in a statement to students earlier in the day: 'A Fordham student was critically injured in a fall from the clock tower in Keating Hall at approximately 3am on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

'The student, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, and the student's family has been notified.

'The student apparently climbed into the clock tower with friends. University officials are investigating how the students gained access to the tower.'

The Keating Hall clock tower is off limits to students at the university.

In 2013, The Fordham Ram published an article about the gothic granite building and how students are forbidden inside.

Students who violate this rule 'would likely face disciplinary action if they entered it'.



22 Y/o Student Dies After Falling Because She Wanted Better View Of New York For Instagram

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