Portland woman studying in NY dies after falling from clock tower

Student seriously injured after falling from bell tower at Fordham University

Sydney Monfries was climbing the school's iconic clock tower in Keating Hall about 3 a.m. when the fall occurred on the Bronx, New York, campus of the Jesuit university.

A U.S. university student has died after she fell more than 12 metres from a campus bell tower in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Her condition, as of April 14, was listed as critical.

In a statement, Fordham University said they student's family has been notified, and university officials are investigating how the students gained access to the tower, which is supposed to be locked and off limits.

The incident remains under investigation. "He told me some seniors (wanted to go) to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating". Monfries was 22 years old, according to CNN affiliate WABC.

The waiter, whose roommate allegedly arrived on the scene shortly after the fall, said she was gravely injured.

"You have to ride the ram", she said of a statue on campus, adding that students also "have to go into the tunnels underground and you have to go into the bell tower".


According to U.S. media reports, Ms Monfries slipped on her way up the tower's spiral staircase and was found by emergency services at about 3.17am.

A waiter at the restaurant where they had dinner beforehand told The New York Post that he did not know if they had been drinking.

It was reported that Sydney may have been participating in a "rite of passage".

Students were then told they needed to take a photo outside one of the top windows with against the skyline. But some said they have never heard of being allowed inside the tower.

The school said Monfries will get receive her bachelor's degree posthumously.

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

Her death was announced to students in an email sent by the school, which described the "unimaginable loss" suffered by Ms Monfries' family, friends and school community.

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