Portland woman studying in NY dies after falling from clock tower

Apr 16, 2019, 00:21
Portland woman studying in NY dies after falling from clock tower

The Fordham University coed who plummeted 40 feet from the campus's landmark clock tower Sunday morning has died, according to school officials.

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.

Friends previously said she was eager to get a good picture of the city skyline to post on her Instagram page.

"The thrill of danger is definitely a huge allure to going up", one student told the outlet of the building, which the paper says is usually locked.

"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", one senior student said.

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The university is now investigating how the students gained access to the tower.

Monfries flat-lined at the scene but was revived and rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was placed on life support.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", Mr McShane wrote in his letter. McShane says the school plans to award the student a bachelor's degree posthumously.

Access to the tower is restricted, a university spokeswoman told the Times.

Emergency responders later found her on the ground with trauma to her head and neck, according to the station.

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Though the trek to the top of the locked tower at Fordham's Rose Hill campus is forbidden, it's become a rite of passage for students who sneak into the off-limits property after dark, as previously described in the school's newspaper. Some students said the incident happened during a senior student tradition.

Shortly before she died, Sydney uploaded a video to Snapchat from inside the bell tower. I'll never forget all of our memories back when you lived in NJ and I'll forever cherish them!

Freshman Grayson Brown, 19, told the Post his mother sent him a text Sunday that said "stay out of the bell tower!" "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, her family and friends - theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".

Our deepest condolences are with Monfries' family and friends during this incredibly hard and tragic time.

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