Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

A Fordham University journalism student just weeks from graduation died after falling from the iconic campus clock tower, apparently while trying to take a picture, reports CBS New York.

A Fordham University student was critically injured Sunday after falling from a clock tower, according to a statement from the NY university.

The New York Times reports Sydney Monfries, a 22-year-old student at Fordham University, plummeted down the inside of a clock and bell tower early Sunday. Police said the group of seniors wanted to get a view of the city skyline, WABC reported. "I don't think they went up there with the intent thinking that it would be possible to fall".

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

She was rushed to hospital - being described in an "extremely critical condition" - where she died.

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

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School spokesman Bob Howe told the New York Post the tower was "always locked" and that the organisation was looking into whether the lock had been tampered with.

Other students described climbing the bell tower as a risky rite of passage. Emergency responders arrived to find the woman, Sydney Monfries, lying on the floor of the Keating clock tower with trauma to her head and body.

School officials are investigating how Monfries and her friends 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. They're unlocked at night when they're cleaning. The door to the tower is always locked, and only authorized staff can access the tower, the university said. "You have to go into the tunnels underground and you have to go into the bell tower". "I, personally, never heard about that".

People began posting on her Facebook page on Sunday, mourning the loss and offering their condolences to her family, who flew in from Portland, Ore.

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