Fordham student dies after falling from clock tower

Student seriously injured after falling from bell tower at Fordham University

Students said climbing the tower, touching the bell and taking photos of the sweeping views, were part of a senior-year "rite of passage", according to the paper.

Fordham's president said in an email to the university community that Monfries would be awarded a posthumous bachelor's degree.

A Fordham University senior died on Sunday, school officials said, after accidentally falling from the campus' landmark bell tower where she was said to have been trying to snap photos of the New York City skyline under the moonlight.

She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died. "Being in that building, there's no sort of methodology or way to have access to that, in my personal opinion.Don't really know how they got up there", Sean Johnson, a student said.

According to the university, Monfries had climbed the clock tower with some friends. "He told me some seniors (wanted to go) to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating".

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Monfries and a group of friends climbed the tower at roughly 3 a.m. "I don't think they went up there with the intent thinking that it would be possible to fall".

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

For many Rose Hill students, the allure of the clock tower has become irresistible. Her family, who live in Portland, Oregon, have not yet commented on her death.

According to USA media reports, Ms Monfries slipped on her way up the tower's spiral staircase and was found by emergency services at about 3.17am. I'll never forget all of our memories back when you lived in NJ and I'll forever cherish them! "If it is, it's kind of stupid", junior Linda Yenicag added to the CBS affiliate. Students say sneaking into the university's most recognizable building at night has always been a tradition for Fordham seniors.

The Times reported that she had posted a video from the top of the tower via Snapchat that didn't show much. "Recently people heard the door was open or found a passageway". It had the caption, "Bell tower".

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