Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2019

Monfries had been climbing the tower with a group of fellow seniors when she tripped on debris on the tower's spiral staircase and plunged more than 12 metres, reportedly smashing the back of her head open.

In a statement, the university said: "It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock tower in the early hours in the morning".

One student, identified only as Anne, told the USA publication she believed Ms Monfries had climbed the tower with several other students when the tragedy occurred.

According to United States media reports, Ms Monfries slipped on her way up the tower's spiral staircase and was found by emergency services at about 3.17am.

Police said the senior fell while trying to get a better view of the city's skyline. But some said they have never heard of being allowed inside the tower. "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

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In 2013, a school official told the Fordham Ram that the tower was "rather dangerous" and therefore "off limits" to students. Emergency responders arrived on the scene at 3:17 a.m. Paramedics had trouble getting a pulse, and although her vitals flat-lined, they were able to revive her. Sydney, as she wrote on her social media sites, was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine.

Fordham University confirmed the incident and sent a letter to students.

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

She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in serious condition. "Theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".

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