Portland woman studying in NY dies after falling from clock tower

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

A Fordham University student who climbed the campus' landmark bell tower Sunday to snap photos of the New York City skyline suffered critical injuries after she accidentally fell.

She 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.

University bosses are now investigating to find out how the group gained access to the tower.

Sydney and her friends had climbed the tower to take photographs for social media, according to their friends.

The university said authorized school officials "have sometimes given tours of the tower, in part to satisfy students' curiosity about it, and reduce the likelihood that they would attempt to enter the structure without authorization". "I don't think they went up there with the intent thinking that it would be possible to fall".

Freshman Grayson Brown, 19, told the Post his mother sent him a text Sunday that said "stay out of the bell tower!"

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The clock tower is supposed to be off-limits for students, but the Times reports that other students heard rumors about people finding a way inside. "If it is, it's kind of stupid", junior Linda Yenicag said.

Access to the tower is restricted, a university spokeswoman told the Times.

"It's like a senior thing to go on the most popular building on campus", said Priscilla Morales, a psychology student, told the Times. "If he wasn't there, I don't know, she might have been worse off", he said.

Emergency responders later found her on the ground with trauma to her head and neck, according to the station.

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

Sydney was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine - being set to graduate in May. "There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", he wrote. "Theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".

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