College student dies after falling from campus clock tower weeks before graduation

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The college senior was just weeks away from graduation. (Photo: Facebook/Sydney Monfries)
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A senior at&nbsp;Fordham University&nbsp;died on Sunday after falling from a clock tower on campus. The 22-year-old and her friends reportedly climbed the tower’s stairs in the Bronx, N.Y. at roughly 3 a.m. Sunday morning, and was later rushed to the hospital after getting critically injured.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”22″>A senior at Fordham University died on Sunday after falling from a clock tower on campus. The 22-year-old and her friends reportedly climbed the tower’s stairs in the Bronx, N.Y. at roughly 3 a.m. Sunday morning, and was later rushed to the hospital after getting critically injured. 

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock tower in the early hours of the morning,” university president Joseph McShane wrote in a letter to students, according to the New York Post. “There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise — and mere weeks from graduation.”” data-reactid=”24″>“It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock tower in the early hours of the morning,” university president Joseph McShane wrote in a letter to students, according to the New York Post. “There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise — and mere weeks from graduation.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Monfries was reportedly trying to get&nbsp;photos of the city from the top of the tower and sent a Snapchat video before her deadly fall.&nbsp;The police found her unconscious, with trauma to her head and body, the New York Times reports. First responders reportedly had to use a rescue basket&nbsp;to lift her out of the tower because it was so narrow.” data-reactid=”25″>Monfries was reportedly trying to get photos of the city from the top of the tower and sent a Snapchat video before her deadly fall. The police found her unconscious, with trauma to her head and body, the New York Times reports. First responders reportedly had to use a rescue basket to lift her out of the tower because it was so narrow.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The clock tower is supposed to be off-limits for students, but the&nbsp;Times reports that other students heard rumors about&nbsp;people finding a way inside.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”28″>The clock tower is supposed to be off-limits for students, but the Times reports that other students heard rumors about people finding a way inside. 

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="President&nbsp;McShane said the school would&nbsp;award Monfries’s bachelor’s degree&nbsp;posthumously. She was slated to graduate next month with a major in journalism.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”31″>President McShane said the school would award Monfries’s bachelor’s degree posthumously. She was slated to graduate next month with a major in journalism. 

People began posting on her Facebook page on Sunday, mourning the loss and offering their condolences to her family, who flew in from Portland, Ore.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“RIP beautiful angel, so terribly sad,” one person commented.” data-reactid=”35″>“RIP beautiful angel, so terribly sad,” one person commented.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A&nbsp;childhood friend told WABC-TV‘s&nbsp;Kemberly Richardson that&nbsp;Monfries “was a genuinely beautiful person inside and out. She truly was a bright light in this world taken way too soon.”” data-reactid=”36″>A childhood friend told WABC-TV‘s Kemberly Richardson that Monfries “was a genuinely beautiful person inside and out. She truly was a bright light in this world taken way too soon.”

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