Student dies after falling from university bell tower during ‘rite of passage’


A 22-year-old university student has died after falling 12m from a campus tower she had climbed to allegedly take pictures for social media.

According to NBC New York, Monfries was with a group of friends around 3 a.m. Sunday when they made a decision to climb the inside of the tower to take in the view of the campus and surrounding city.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", he told the network.

A 22-year-old Fordham University was crtically injured as she climbed the school's bell tower early Sunday with other students to snap photos. "And they were like trying to get good views of the city", student Antonia Greene told CBS New York.

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While the entrances to the tower are supposed to be locked, thrill-seeking students often find a way inside, the Times reports. She also suffered pelvic injuries, according to the New York Post.

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

She was on life support at St. Barnabas hospital Sunday afternoon when her mother and father from Portland, Ore., arrived with two priests - one dressed in a Fordham jacket.

Emergency responders found Monfries unconscious inside the tower at about 3:17 a.m. local time with a low pulse and trauma to her head, The Post reported. Bob Howe, assistant vice president for communications, explained that "access to that tower is always locked".

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"They're unlocked at night when they're cleaning", the student claimed. Fordham officials have said the school will honor her with her Bachelor's Degree posthumously. "You have to go into the tunnels underground and you have to go into the bell tower".

The Times reported that she had posted a video from the top of the tower via Snapchat that didn't show much. "I, personally, never heard about that".

Monfries was studying journalism and set to graduate in May.

"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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