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

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

She was rushed to hospital where she later died of her injuries. Unconscious when the paramedics arrived, time was lost as they struggled to get Monfries out of the narrow tower staircase while on a stretcher.

Fordham University's Keating Clock Tower on April 14, 2019.

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

Gina Vergel, a university spokeswoman, told The Post that the door to the clock tower is always locked and that only facilities and public safety staff should be able to access it.

Investigators say the student apparently climbed into the tower with friends.

Police say a group of senior students climbed the tower at 3 a.m. Sunday morning when the 22-year-old woman fell 30 to 40 feet inside the tower.

According to USA Today, the tower, located in the Bronx, is off-limits to students and is locked at night.

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The accident occurred early in the morning before Fordham's annual Spring Preview event for admitted students.

University president Joseph M McShane told NBC New York Ms Monfries would be awarded her degree posthumously.

"It's like a senior thing to go on the most popular building on campus", said Priscilla Morales, a psychology student, told the Times. The bell tower has recently become a place for graduating seniors to sneak into as a rite of passage.

The Times reported that she had posted a video from the top of the tower via Snapchat that didn't show much.

The budding journalist, who was due to graduate next month, had completed a string of internships at a news network, InStyle magazine and a public relations company. Morales admitted that it was common behavior for students to go "late at night at around one or two drink and see the view".

People began posting on her Facebook page on Sunday, mourning the loss and offering their condolences to her family, who flew in from Portland, Ore. I'll never forget all of our memories back when you lived in NJ and I'll forever cherish them!

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