Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

Student, 22, dies after falling 12m from NY clock tower

Student, 22, dies after falling 12m from NY clock tower

The 22-year-old had gone to the tower with friends about 3am to get a better view of the city, according to police.

A Fordham University student was critically injured Sunday after falling from a clock tower, according to a statement from the NY university.

"Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends-theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief", he said.

School officials confirmed the letter to The Post.

University officials said Monfries died after losing her footing and falling some 30 feet onto a landing below. She was rushed to St Barnabas Hospital in "extremely critical condition" where she later died.

Monfries had been climbing the tower with a group of fellow seniors when she tripped on debris on the tower's spiral staircase and plunged more than 12 metres, reportedly smashing the back of her head open. It was reported that Sydney may have been participating in a "rite of passage" ceremony or event.


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

One student, identified only as Anne, told the U.S. publication she believed Ms Monfries had climbed the tower with several other students when the tragedy occurred. Sydney, as she wrote on her social media sites, was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine.

Fordham was scheduled to hold a mass for Monfries on Sunday evening.

Monfries, who was from Portland, Ore., was a senior at Rose Hill due to graduate in May. Sydney's family along with two priests rush to the hospital soon as they received the devastating news.

University president Joseph M McShane told NBC New York Ms Monfries would be awarded her degree posthumously.

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