Tragic: University Senior Dies After Falling from Campus Bell Tower at Age 22

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April 16, 2019Apr 16, 2019

A sad story has just made headlines after a student accidentally feel from a bell tower located on her college campus. Now, officials are releasing the name of the young woman who was tragically killed.

"Sydney Monfries, a 22-year-old senior, was taking part in a 3 a.m. climb when she fell through an opening on the first landing of the tower, plummeted 40 feet and struck her head, the New York Post reported. Her condition had been listed as critical at a hospital in the Bronx not far from the Fordham campus, but on Sunday evening, the university's president announced her death in an email to students," according to Fox.

The President of Fordham University released the following statement on her untimely death:

"Our hearts go out to Sydney’s parents, and her family and friends—theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief," Rev. Joseph M. McShane wrote. "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."

Students at the school say that climbing the bell tower was a senior tradition. Many kids climb to the top and take in the view while taking photographs and enjoying their time with friends before graduation.

Parents were shocked by the news. Many urged their kids to not take part in the dangerous tradition.

Grayson Brown, a 19-year-old freshman at Fordham, told the Post his mother sent him a text Sunday that said “stay out of the bell tower!”

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