College Senior Dies After Fatal Fall from Fordham Bell Tower

College Senior Dies After Fatal Fall from Fordham Bell Tower
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We have all done something regrettably reckless at some point in our lives, but it is so very difficult to imagine death as a result of a freak circumstance of bad luck and physics. Recently, a beautiful, twenty-two-year-old student at Fordham University learned the hard way that some photos aren’t meant to be taken from every vantage point imaginable.

Sydney Monfries, who was set to graduate from Fordham this semester, died this past Sunday while climbing on the Fordham bell tower in order to capture a high vantage point of the New York City skyline. Police confirm that Monfries fell through a platform in the tower and landed forty feet onto the ground below. Her condition was initially classified as critical when first responders showed up to the scene but she succumbed to her wounds later that day. According to a local outlet Monfries “was on life support at St. Barnabas hospital Sunday afternoon when her mother and father from Portland, Ore., arrived with two priests– one dressed in a Fordham jacket. The father was seen sobbing as he left the hospital with one of the priests a short time later.”

According to a report from Fox News, students and the campus community at large learned the information when the school sent out an email announcing Monfries’ tragic 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.”

In a story published by the New York Post, attempting to take a New York skyline photo from the tower was viewed as a sort of ‘rite of passage’ for graduating seniors, which Monfries wanted to complete as she prepared for graduation and the next phase of her life post-graduation, which is mere weeks away. Now, this old Fordham tradition might go wayside in the wake of this tragic event as students now fear that going up on the tower for a simple photo may bring about a premature end to their lives.

Source: Fox News, New York Post

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