Friday, 19 April, 2019

Fordham Student Dies After Falling Nearly 30 Feet Inside School’s Clock Tower

Fordham University bell tower Enlarge Image Tomas E. Gaston
Patty Aguilar | 17 April, 2019, 15:43

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

The university is now investigating how the students gained access to the tower.

After climbing the narrow staircase inside the tower, Monfries uploaded a video of the view to Snapchat, captioning it: 'Bell Tower, ' according to The New York Times. Emergency crews rushed her to St. Barnabas Hospital where she later died.

"It's scary, it's unsafe and I really feel bad for the person", Emma Azizo, a Fordham student, told WABC. Sydney Monfries and friends had apparently been in the tower to take pictures and get a better view of the city.

"You have to ride the ram", she said of a statue on campus, adding that students also "have to go into the tunnels underground and you have to go into the bell tower".

The Sun reported another student, only identified by the first name Dave, claimed Ms Monfries and her friends had dined at a restaurant where he worked shortly before the accident. "Pease don't hesitate to use them: no matter how you reach out, I promise you someone will be there to listen", he wrote. The "New York Post" quotes, however, several students, after which the door was not always locked.

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'They were like, "We're seniors, let's go!". It had the caption, "Bell tower".

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

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

Sydney and her friends had climbed the tower to take photographs for social media, according to their friends. "If he wasn't there, I don't know, she might have been worse off", he said. "Fordham will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time", McShane continued.

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

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