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Fordham University student dead in bell tower fall

17 April 2019, 03:41 | Devin Moran

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Sydney Monfries

Emergency responders arrived on the scene at 3:17 a.m. Paramedics had trouble getting a pulse, and although her vitals flat-lined, they were able to revive her. Police say she tripped on a landing inside the tower and fell 40 feet through an opening in the stairs.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", the university's president, the Rev. Joseph M. McShane, wrote in an email to staff and students. We have just learned that Sydney Monfries, a senior, has died from injuries sustained when she fell. The tower is off limits to students and university officials are investigating how the students gained access to the tower. She was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where she died later that day, CBS News reported. "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

He said Keating Hall is locked at night and was locked before the students entered.

One student, identified only as Anne, told the U.S. publication she believed Ms Monfries had climbed the tower with several other students when the tragedy occurred.

Other students described climbing the bell tower as a unsafe 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.

"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". Fordham University has responded to the tragedy by providing counseling to all students who seek it.

"Fordham will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time".

Monfries was from Portland, Oregon, and was studying journalism at the university. "The thrill of danger is definitely a huge allure to going up. Over the years, a very small number of students have been found in the area, and the circumstances have usually been simple curiosity", the dean, Christopher Rodgers said.



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