Fordham student Sydney Monfries dies from injuries after falling from campus tower

Sydney Paige Monfries

A 22-year-old student was killed after tripping and falling from Fordham University's clock tower.

The New York Police Department said Sydney went to the campus clock tower with her friends at around 3am on Sunday to get a view of the skyline.

Sydney Monfries, 22, a senior at New York City's Fordham University, died Sunday as a result of the injuries she sustained when she fell inside the campus' famed Keating Hall tower. This is the first fall inside the clock tower, she said, noting that the university officials have sometimes given tours of the tower to "satisfy students' curiosity about it, and reduce the likelihood that they would attempt to enter the structure without authorization".

The senior continued, "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened". The university neither confirmed nor denied the supposed rite, and is investigating how the students gained access to the tower, which an official says is normally locked.

Ms Monfries' family rushed to her hospital bed and were accompanied by two priests, the Post reported.

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"He told me some seniors [wanted to go] to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating". They're unlocked at night when they're cleaning.

The senior student fell through an opening in the stairs and plummeted 40 feet, sustaining trauma to her head and body, according to the New York Times.

Though the trek to the top of the locked tower at Fordham's Rose Hill campus is forbidden, it's become a rite of passage for students who sneak into the off-limits property after dark, as previously described in the school's newspaper.

Other clips on her Snapchat reportedly showed Monfries' friends stumbling through the darkness using their phones as flashlights to see before sitting on the tower's perch. "I, personally, never heard about that". She was slated to graduate next month with a major in journalism.

"Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends - theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief", Rev. Joseph M. McShane wrote on Sunday in an email to students obtained by Fox News.

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