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

Sydney Monfries

Sydney Paige Monfries, a senior at Rose Hill, passed away on April 14 after falling from the clock and bell tower in Keating Hall.

Freshman Grayson Brown, 19, told the Post his mother sent him a text Sunday that said "stay out of the bell tower!" "And they were like trying to get good views of the city", student Antonia Greene said. "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened". University staff are investigating how the group gained access to the tower.

According to USA Today, the tower, located in the Bronx, is off-limits to students and is locked at night. "They are always doing some kind of cleaning or renovation", she said.

On Sunday night, the university released a statement saying, "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends". Monfries was 22 years old, according to CNN affiliate WABC. My roommate was with them. "He told me some seniors (wanted to go) to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating".

'She couldn't breath. She hit her head, ' he said.

"I feel so bad", Greene added.

Monfries fell inside the tower (shown) through a gap in the landing.

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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.

A journalism student with a focus in digital technology and emerging media., Monfries was working as a photo editor intern at InStyle Magazine.

The university said they will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously. "There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", he wrote.

The fall knocked her unconscious and when paramedics arrived, they struggled to her out because the staircase was too narrow for them to maneuver the stretcher she was on.

Instead, she was strapped into a rescue basket which was lifted out of a window before being lowered to the ground.

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

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