Student, 22, dies after falling 12m from NY clock tower

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

"It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock Tower in the early hours of the morning", he said.

According to a statement released by the university Sunday morning, the senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital.

A 22-year-old Fordham University was crtically injured as she climbed the school's bell tower early Sunday with other students to snap photos. University staff are investigating how the group gained access to the tower.

The incident remains under investigation.

Sydney Monfries was rushed to hospital in "extremely critical condition" after falling 40ft from a bell tower. "I don't think they went up there with the intent thinking that it would be possible to fall".

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"It's like a senior thing to go on the most popular building on campus", said Priscilla Morales, a psychology student, told the Times. "There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation".

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.

"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.

Students told The Post it was a "rite of passage" among seniors to climb the tower, touch the bell and take photos outside one of the windows. But some said they have never heard of being allowed inside the tower. "They are always doing some kind of cleaning or renovation", she said.

McShane says the school plans to award the student a bachelor's degree posthumously.

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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