Fordham student injured in fall from bell tower

Fordham student injured in fall from bell tower

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, fell from a bell tower as she attempted to take photos of the NY skyline.

Police say a Fordham University student was seriously injured after falling Sunday morning 140 feet from the school's iconic bell tower, according to multiple published reports.

On Sunday night, the university released a statement saying, "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends".

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.

Monfries, 22, fell from the clock tower after ascending a staircase inside early Sunday with friends to touch its bell and snap photos of the city, police said.

She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in serious condition.

The father was seen sobbing as he left the hospital with one of the priests a short time later.

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

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Monfries was studying journalism and set to graduate in May. "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

She was with other seniors when she fell through an opening on the first landing of the tower, the paper reported.

Monfries had allegedly been participating in a senior rite of passage.

Students were then told they needed to take a photo outside one of the top windows with against the skyline.

The journalism student and her friends had just had dinner at a barbecue restaurant and made a decision to climb the tower as a "rite of passage" before graduating next month, according to staff there. "And they were like trying to get good views of the city", student Antonia Greene told CBS New York.

He said Ms Monfries and her friends left the establishment an hour or two before it closed at 4am. I'm not sure if it's a tradition.

And despite the tower being off-limits to students, that hasn't stopped them from climbing it. "Recently people heard the door was open or found a passageway". It had the caption, "Bell tower".

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