Student dies after falling from university bell tower during ‘rite of passage’

17 Avril, 2019, 15:43 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Student dies after falling from university bell tower during ‘rite of passage’

The journalism student and her friends had just had dinner at a barbecue restaurant and chose to climb the tower as a "rite of passage" before graduating next month, according to staff there.

University officials are looking into how the students gained access to the tower as the door was supposed to be locked. A waiter at the restaurant contacted by The New York Post stated that he was unsure whether or not the friends had included drinks with dinner.

Sydney Paige Monfries, a 22-year-old from Portland, Oregon, tripped and fell approximately 30 feet inside the Keating Hall clock tower in the early morning of Saturday.

Monfries fell over 12m from the bell tower's staircase.

Following her fall, Monfries was taken to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx where she was later pronounced dead.

"They're unlocked at night when they're cleaning", the student claimed.

Police say emergency responders found the woman lying on the ground inside the tower with trauma to her head and body at about 3 a.m. Sunday.

"In the past, authorized University officials have sometimes given tours of the tower, in part to satisfy students' curiosity about it, and reduce the likelihood that they would attempt to enter the structure without authorization", the spokesperson said.

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A student, named only as Dave, who met Sydney and her friends hours before the tragedy, said: "My roommate was with them".

Another student, Anne, told the New York Post: "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

'They were like, "We're seniors, let's go!".

The waiter, whose roommate allegedly arrived on the scene shortly after the fall, said she was gravely injured. My roommate was with them. "If he wasn't there, I don't know, she might have been worse off", he said. A bright student according to Fordham University staff, Monfries studied journalism and was an intern at InStyle Magazine with a promising future.

The school will award Monfries a posthumous bachelor's degree.

"Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends".

Reportedly seniors were planning to climb the tower and touch the bell.

"There are no words to describe the loss of one so young and a lot of vespreche people", - quotes the "New York Times" from an E-Mail from the University presidents to the students.

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