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Students Falls to Death from Tower in Trying to Get Pictures for Instagram

A student fell to death from a tower after she was reported to have climbed a tower in her university to take photos for Instagram. Sydney Monfries, 22, died of her injuries Sunday after she fell 30 feet from the Fordham University campus building in New York City. Police said Monfries sent a Snapchat video moments before she slipped through an opening in a landing and plummeted to her death.

                                                                                      (Picture: Facebook)

Other friends have said she was hoping to get some shots for Instagram. Sydney Monfries, 22, died Sunday after she fell from a clock tower on Fordham University’s campus in the Bronx, New York.

The tower at Keating Hall at Fordham University is supposed to be off limits for students.

(Picture: Chriscobar/Wikipedia)

Authorities told the New York Post that Monfries had been on the tower in Keating Hall, which is the campus’s most recognizable landmark. One student called Anne said: ‘I heard they were just getting a better view of the city. I think they were posting on Instagram.’ Another student named Dave said Monfries was with a group of friends that included his roommate. ‘My roommate was with them. He told me some seniors (wanted to go) to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating,’ he said. ‘She couldn’t breathe. She hit her head. If (my roommate) wasn’t there, I don’t know, she might have been worse off. He waited with her. He didn’t want to move her.’

School officials said that the tower was supposed to be locked and claimed Monfries scaled the building with friends take video and photos from the building’s scenic peak. It is unclear if Monfries’ intention was to post on Instagram or Snapchat, but authorities said they witnessed a Snapchat video of multiple people in the dark tower using their phones as flashlights.

Authorities told the New York Post that Monfries had been on the tower in Keating Hall, which is the campus’s most recognizable landmark. One student called Anne said: ‘I heard they were just getting a better view of the city. I think they were posting on Instagram.’ Another student named Dave said Monfries was with a group of friends that included his roommate. ‘My roommate was with them.He told me some seniors (wanted to go) to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before graduating,’ he said. ‘She couldn’t breathe. She hit her head. If (my roommate) wasn’t there, I don’t know, she might have been worse off. He waited with her. He didn’t want to move her.’ School officials said that the tower was supposed to be locked and claimed Monfries scaled the building with friends take video and photos from the building’s scenic peak. It is unclear if Monfries’ intention was to post on Instagram or Snapchat, but authorities said they witnessed a Snapchat video of multiple people in the dark tower using their phones as flashlights.

Emergency responders found Monfries in critical condition on the second floor with barely any pulse. They tried to remove her from the building on a stretcher, but the stairwell was too narrow, so medics hoisted her up to the top of the tower in a rescue basket, then lowered her back down to the ground. Monfries, who was scheduled to graduate in May, was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital where she was ‘clinging to life’ before she succumbed to her injuries hours later.

Picture: Instagram

Numerous students told the New York Times that climbing the building is a pre-graduation tradition that many consider a rite of passage. A student told the university paper, The Fordham Ram: ‘The thrill of danger is definitely a huge allure to going up.’

‘I would say the other two reasons for going up are the amazing view of the entire campus from up there and the ability to brag about doing it.’ Authorities said they are unsure how Monfries and the other students gained access to the building.

The university said they plan to posthumously award Monfries a bachelor’s degree in journalism, which she was set to receive in May. ‘There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise — and mere weeks from graduation,’ school President Joseph McShane wrote in a letter to students. ‘Fordham will confer a bachelor’s degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time.’

Source: metro.co.uk

April 16, 2019

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