Fordham student dies after falling from clock tower

A Fordham University student was critically injured in a fall from the clock tower in Keating Hall

According to the university, the student climbed the clock tower with some friends.

The school confirmed it on Sunday, saying in a statement: 'The University community mourns the loss of Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, who died Sunday evening after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock tower'.

She was safely returned to the ground after being lifted out of one of the tower's windows and rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was placed on life support in an "extremely critical" condition.

Sydney and her friends had climbed the tower to take photographs for social media, according to their friends.

University bosses are now investigating to find out how the group gained access to the tower.

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".

Sydney Monfries, 22, climbed the tower at around 3 a.m. when she fell through an opening, dropping 40 feet to her death, reported the New York Post.

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

The university said authorized school 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".

"I know you join me in keeping Sydney, and her family and loved ones, in your thoughts and prayers", Father McShane also said, reported the New York Times.

One student, identified only as Anne, told the USA publication she believed Ms Monfries had climbed the tower with several other students when the tragedy occurred. "I, personally, never heard about that".

The university said they will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which will present to her parents at the appropriate time.

According to Monfries' Facebook profile, she was a photo editor at InStyle and a former news intern at KGW, an NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon.

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