New York – A journalist at Fordham University, just weeks after graduation, died after falling from the iconic campus bell tower, apparently while attempting a photo, CBS reports New York.
The incident raises questions about how the students could get into the locked building. Some students said the incident happened during an older student tradition.
On Sunday evening, 22-year-old Sydney Monfries hosted a private fair on campus.
The police said Monfries and her friends had sneaked into the Keating Clock Tower Sunday morning at 3am and they were trying to climb to the summit.
According to the university officials, Monfries died after losing his foot and landing about thirty meters down on a landing. Rescuers took her to St. Barnabas Hospital to try to rescue her.
According to school officials, Keating Hall and the door to his clock tower were always locked and only accessible to authorized staff. This was the first time someone had fallen from the tree.
Some students said seniors break into the tower as a sort of passage rite.
"It seems like a tradition for seniors to sneak into the tower and climb up, and they were like trying to get a good view of the city," said student Antonia Greene.
"Personally, never I have no idea if it's a tradition, if it does, it's kind of stupid," said junior Linda Yenicag.
On Sunday night, the university issued a statement saying, "Our hearts go to Sydney's parents, their family and friends, their loss is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief."
"I feel so bad "Greene added. "She's like a very big part of the community, it seems like she's a very sweet girl, I feel bad."
The school said Monfries will posthumously receive her bachelor's degree.