Fordham student Sydney Monfries dies from injuries after falling from campus tower

Fordham University student in “extremely critical condition” after falling from iconic bell tower

According to police, the 22 year old fell through an opening on the first landing tower.

"She couldn't breathe. She hit her head".

Monfries was described as the "sweetest soul" by her friends.

United States media reported emergency services struggled to rescue gravely injured Ms Monfries from the building after they realised it wasn't possible to carry her via stretcher down the staircase.

The infrastructure of Keating Hall made the rescue mission complex; medics were unable to maneuver the stretcher through the building's narrow stairway and had to use a rescue basket.

Ms Monfries was taken to hospital in a serious condition and failed to recover.

Monfries was reportedly trying to get photos of the city from the top of the tower and sent a Snapchat video before her deadly fall.

At 6:49 p.m., Joseph M. McShane, S.J., announced to the Fordham community that Monfries had died.

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"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", Mr McShane wrote in his letter.

A mass was scheduled to be held for Monfries on Sunday evening at Fordham University Church. "They were like, 'We're seniors, let's go!'" he said.

A university student plummeted to her death from a 40ft bell tower while trying to take Instagram photos of the NY skyline.

Fordham Public Safety is still investigating how Monfries and her friends were able to get inside.

"Access to that tower is always locked", he said.

And despite the tower being off-limits to students, that hasn't stopped them from climbing it. A student, named only as Dave, who met Sydney and her friends hours before the tragedy, said: "My roommate was with them". They're unlocked at night when they're cleaning.

In 2013, a school official told the Fordham Ram that the tower was "rather dangerous" and therefore "off limits" to students. But there is no bell in the tower, the school said.

The tower is the central part of Keating Hall on the university's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx.

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