Fordham student Sydney Monfries dies from injuries after falling from campus tower

Student seriously injured after falling from bell tower at Fordham University

A student who was injured when she fell from the Fordham University bell tower has died.

A Fordham University student was critically injured Sunday after falling from a clock tower, according to a statement from the NY university.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", he told the network.

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.

The 22-year-old had gone to the tower with friends about 3am to get a better view of the city, according to police. First responders reportedly had to use a rescue basket to lift her out of the tower because it was so narrow.

Students were then told they needed to take a photo outside one of the top windows with against the skyline. She also suffered pelvic injuries, according to the New York Post. The university neither confirmed nor denied the supposed rite, and is investigating how the students gained access to the tower, which an official says is normally locked. Her condition was listed as critical at a hospital in the Bronx not far from the Fordham campus.

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"Fordham will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time", McShane said.

"Access to that tower is always locked", he said.

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

University officials said Monfries died after losing her footing and falling some 30 feet onto a landing below. "As the clock tower is a rather risky, and therefore secured, area of campus, students would likely face disciplinary action if they entered it". "I, personally, never heard about that".

Our deepest condolences are with Monfries' family and friends during this incredibly hard and tragic time.

"Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends - theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief", Rev. Joseph M. McShane wrote on Sunday in an email to students obtained by Fox News.

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