Fordham student injured in fall from bell tower

Blanche Robertson
April 15, 2019

A university student plummeted to her death from a 40ft bell tower while trying to take Instagram photos of the NY skyline.

Sydney Monfries, 22, barely had a pulse when emergency workers discovered her on the second floor of the Keating Hall clock tower at Fordham University.

'He told me some seniors [wanted to go] to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating, ' he said.

"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", one senior student said. Another student, Anne, told the New York Post: "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

The school said it was investigating how the students gained access to the tower.

NBC reports that the iconic clock is "off limits" to students.

"The doors aren't always locked". They're unlocked at night when they're cleaning. "If it is, it's kind of stupid", junior Linda Yenicag added to the CBS affiliate. "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends - theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".

Fordham’s school president Joseph Mc Shane confirmed the tragic news in a letter to students
Camera IconFordham’s school president Joseph Mc Shane confirmed the tragic news in a letter

'She was with a group of friends. Her uncle Gregory Monfries, said: "This is not a good time". My roommate was with them.

Access to the tower is restricted, a university spokeswoman told the Times. She fell 40 feet through the inside of the tower and struck her head on the ground. "If he wasn't there, I don't know, she might have been worse off", he said.

Sydney Monfries was rushed to hospital in "extremely critical condition" after falling 40ft from a bell tower.

She is being treated at a nearby hospital, according to the report.

A journalism student with a focus in digital technology and emerging media., Monfries was working as a photo editor intern at InStyle Magazine.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", wrote school President Joseph McShane in a letter to students.

Emergency workers arrived on the scene at 3:17am and attempted to carry her out of the tower on a stretcher, however the building's narrow stairway made it impossible to manoeuvre her.

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