Such a tragic story. Sydney Monfries, 22, died on Sunday after falling inside the clock tower at Fordham University in the Bronx. The bell tower is normally locked, yet somehow Monfries was able to gain access and climb to the top. Video posted to her snapchat minutes before showed the student climbing the windy stairs before. Her friends previously said she was eager to get a good picture of the city skyline to post on her Instagram page.
It is not clear how exactly she lost her footing but she fell through an opening in a landing. The fall knocked her unconscious and when paramedics arrived, they struggled to get her out because the staircase was too narrow for them to maneuver the stretcher she was on. Eventually, she was airlifted out through a window then lowered to the ground to be taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.