Fordham senior dies after falling from clock tower weeks from graduation

Sydney Monfries suffered critical injuries in the fall. Source Facebook Sydney MonfriesMore

So medics switched gears and loaded her into rescue basket and began hoisting it up toward where she fell from - with at least one emergency responder riding along to perform chest compressions and keep blood flowing to her vital organs, according to sources.

He said Ms Monfries and her friends left the establishment an hour or two before it closed at 4am.

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

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

The tower is off limits to students, according to the university. Her condition was listed as critical at a hospital in the Bronx not far from the Fordham campus. "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened". A spokesman for the University said, the access is always locked.

Fordham students have admitted that a trip to the top of the bell tower is a rite of passage for some students before their graduation.

Fordham Senior Sydney Monfries, 22, died on April 14, 2019, after falling through a hole in the stairs of an off-limits bell tower on Fordham University's campus. Fordham University has responded to the tragedy by providing counseling to all students who seek it.

Senior Sydney Monfries, 22, fell late Sunday at the tower, officials said.

The tower is the central part of Keating Hall on the university's Rose Hill campus.

"It's scary, it's risky and I really feel bad for the person", Emma Azizo, a Fordham student, told WABC. McShane says the school plans to award the student a bachelor's degree posthumously.

"There was a huge spiral staircase going up, and we couldn't even see the top".

In their statement, Fordham University also confirmed that they would be giving Monfries a posthumous degree that will be given to her parents. "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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