Student, 22, fell 12m after climbing tower for Instagram snaps

Sydney Monfries reportedly lost her footing and fell to her death

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Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, suffered fatal injuries following the horror plunge at Fordham University campus in NY, weeks before graduation.

A Fordham University student fell 140 feet from the top of the school's bell tower early Sunday, police said. "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, her family and friends - theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".

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

It is reportedly common for students at the university to climb the Keating Hall clock tower, touch the bell and take photos of the NY city skyline from outside one of its windows before they graduate.

The father was seen sobbing as he left the hospital with one of the priests a short time later. Her uncle Gregory Monfries, said: "This is not a good time".

A waiter at the restaurant where they had dinner beforehand told The New York Post that he did not know if they had been drinking.

University officials said Monfries died after losing her footing and falling some 30 feet onto a landing below.

For many Rose Hill students, the allure of the clock tower has become irresistible.

She is being treated at a nearby hospital, according to the report.

It was reported that Sydney may have been participating in a "rite of passage".

Students told The Post it was a "rite of passage" among seniors to climb the tower, touch the bell and take photos outside one of the windows.

"You have to ride the ram", she said of a statue on campus, adding that students also "have to go into the tunnels underground and you have to go into the bell tower".

The journalism student and her friends had just had dinner at a barbecue restaurant and made a decision to climb the tower as a "rite of passage" before graduating next month, according to staff there.

"It's like a tradition, apparently, for seniors to sneak into the tower and climb up".

"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", a senior told the paper. I'll never forget all of our memories back when you lived in NJ and I'll forever cherish them! First responders reportedly had to use a rescue basket to lift her out of the tower because it was so narrow.

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