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Fordham University senior dies after fall from school bell tower

April 15, 2019 - 8:40 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A student that fell from Fordham University's bell tower has died, police say. 

According to officials, 22-year-old Sydney Monfries was among a group who attempted to climb the clock tower at Keating Hall around 3 a.m. on Sunday to take a picture of the city.

The victim was a college senior, just weeks away from graduation,who died after falling about 40 feet through a stairwell opening, police say.

Monfries was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she later died.

"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. Our hearts go out to Sydney’s parents, and her family and friends—theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief, said the university president, Joseph M. McShane in a statement released by the university.  

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise—and mere weeks from graduation. Fordham will confer a bachelor’s degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time." McShane added.  

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