Portland woman studying in NY dies after falling from clock tower

A 22-year-old Fordham University was crtically injured as she climbed the school's bell tower early Sunday with other students to snap

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.

Police said Monfries and her friends snuck into the Keating Clock Tower around 3 a.m. Sunday and were going to try to climb to the top.

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

A 22-year-old college senior fell to her death in NY while climbing the stairs of an off-limits campus clock tower in the early hours of Sunday, authorities said. Police said the group of seniors wanted to get a view of the city skyline, WABC reported.

One student, identified only as Anne, told the USA publication she believed Ms Monfries had climbed the tower with several other students when the tragedy occurred. "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

The school said it was investigating how the students gained access to the tower. She was rushed to hospital where she later died of her injuries.

The school will award Monfries a posthumous bachelor's degree. The door to the tower is always locked, and only authorized staff can access the tower, the university said. They usually go late at night at around 1 or 2 a.m.to drink and see the view, ' Priscilla Morales told The New York Times.

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

The senior student fell through an opening in the stairs and plummeted 40 feet, sustaining trauma to her head and body, according to the New York Times.

Shortly before she died, Sydney uploaded a video to Snapchat from inside the bell tower.

Sydney Monfries, a 22-year-old student at Fordham University in the Bronx, passed away on Sunday, April 14 after a fall from the iconic clock tower on the school's campus, according to the New York Daily News. "I, personally, never heard about that". "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, her family and friends - theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".

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