Fordham Senior Sydney Monfries, 22, died on April 14, 2019, after falling through a hole in the stairs of an off-limits bell tower on Fordham University's campus. Monfries somehow fell 30 or 40 feet inside the structure. She was later pronounced dead at St Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx, New York.
"They're unlocked at night when they're cleaning", the student claimed. Sydney Monfries and friends had apparently been in the tower to take pictures and get a better view of the city. However, a senior, Anne, who declined to give her last name, said that "the doors aren't always locked".
A waiter at the restaurant where they had dinner beforehand told The New York Post that he did not know if they had been drinking. "They are always doing some kind of cleaning or renovation". "You have to go into the tunnels underground and you have to go into the bell tower".
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.
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The Fordham University student newspaper even featured quotes from students who had climbed to the peak of the tower.
'She couldn't breath. She hit her head, ' he said.
The University will issue a more complete statement as soon as possible.
The accident occurred early in the morning before Fordham's annual Spring Preview event for admitted students. "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends-theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief". A bright student according to Fordham University staff, Monfries studied journalism and was an intern at InStyle Magazine with a promising future. "There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation, Fordham will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time".