Fordham student dies after falling from clock tower

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One student, identified only as Anne, told the United States publication she believed Ms Monfries had climbed the tower with several other students when the tragedy occurred.

The Fordham University coed who plummeted 40 feet from the campus's landmark clock tower Sunday morning has died, according to school officials. When the police arrived at the scene, officers were forced to carry out a high-angle rescue after finding Sydney lying on the ground inside the tower with trauma to her head and body, it is reported.

Emergency Medical Services rushed the student to the local hospital, where she was placed on life support.

Students who violate this rule "would likely face disciplinary action if they entered it". "He told me some seniors [wanted to go] to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating". "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

A school spokesman said the tower was off limits to students, "always locked" and that they were looking into whether the lock had been tampered with.

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

Reportedly seniors were planning to climb the tower and touch the bell.

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Monfries fell over 12m from the bell tower's staircase.

"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", a senior told the paper.

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.

Sydney was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine - being set to graduate in May.

Her family rushed to her side, along with two priests, one from the Catholic university, however she sadly died on Sunday evening.

The degree will presented to her parents at the appropriate time.