Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Portland woman studying in NY dies after falling from clock tower

Student seriously injured after falling from bell tower at Fordham University Report: Fordham student injured in fall from bell tower
Patty Aguilar | 15 April, 2019, 17:30

Sydney Monfries, 22, died on Sunday after breaking into the Bell Tower at the university's campus with a group of friends in the early hours of the morning.

Fordham University confirmed the incident and sent a letter to students.

Sydney Monfries was climbing the school's iconic clock tower in Keating Hall about 3 a.m. when the fall occurred on the Bronx, New York, campus of the Jesuit university. Emergency responders rushed her to St. Barnabas Hospital to try to save her.

The father was seen sobbing as he left the hospital with one of the priests a short time later. "There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation".

A waiter at the restaurant where they had dinner beforehand told The New York Post that he did not know if they had been drinking. Police noted that she was in "extremely critical" condition.

Other students described climbing the bell tower as a risky rite of passage.

Monfries, a journalism student, had been set to graduate in May and was allegedly participating in a rite of passage many Fordham University students undertake prior to graduating when she fell on Sunday morning.

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He said Ms Monfries and her friends left the establishment an hour or two before it closed at 4am.

Students say it has become a rite of passage to climb the tower and snap pictures before graduating, according to The Observer.

"The thrill of danger is definitely a huge allure to going up", one student was quoted by the paper as saying.

"It's like a tradition, apparently, for seniors to sneak into the tower and climb up".

"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", she said. "If it is, it's kind of stupid", junior Linda Yenicag added to the CBS affiliate.

However the tower is off-limits to students and should have been locked, though there is now no information on whether the tower was unlocked or if the lock had been tampered with. She posted a video from the top on Snapchat early Sunday, the newspaper reports.

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