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Fordham student injured in fall from bell tower

15 April 2019

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.

She was on life support at St. Barnabas hospital Sunday afternoon when her mother and father from Portland, Ore., arrived with two priests - one dressed in a Fordham jacket.

The Sun reported another student, only identified by the first name Dave, claimed Ms Monfries and her friends had dined at a restaurant where he worked shortly before the accident.

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, suffered fatal injuries following the horror plunge at Fordham University campus in NY, weeks before graduation.

In 2013, a school official told the Fordham Ram that the tower was "rather dangerous" and therefore "off limits" to students.

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

The school said Monfries will get receive her bachelor's degree posthumously. The door to the tower is always locked, and only authorized staff can access the tower, the university said.

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Fordham Public Safety is still investigating how Monfries and her friends were able to get inside. Some students said the incident happened during a senior student tradition.

The student was climbing the tower about 3 a.m. Sunday when the fall occurred.

"I feel so bad", Greene added.

She is being treated at a nearby hospital, according to the report.

The budding journalist, who was due to graduate next month, had completed a string of internships at a news network, InStyle magazine and a public relations company.

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

Fordham student injured in fall from bell tower