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Fordham, NY: Student Killed Following Fall from Bell Tower

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Last Updated: 07-27-2023
Written by: Michael A. Rose and Gregory Hach

Fordham, Bronx, NY (April 15, 2019) – A college student at Fordham University tragically fell to her death inside of a bell tower located on the property, according to authorities. The fatal unsafe property accident was reported to have occurred early on Monday morning, April 15th, at approximately 3:00 a.m.

Police stated that a group of seniors, including 22-year-old Sydney Monfries, at Fordham College at Rose Hill, are believed to have been climbing the inside of the Keating Clock Tower on campus in order to get a view of the city skyline. Monfries was reported to have climbed all the way to the top of the tower where she fell through a hole in one of the landings. Monfries fell approximately 30 to 40 feet.

Emergency medical crews, as well as the police, were notified and summoned to the scene, where they found Monfries on the ground with severe trauma to her head and body. She was immediately transported to St. Barnabas Hospital and was sadly pronounced deceased.

Students at the university and authorities are currently unsure of how Monfries and the group accessed the tower, which is supposed to be locked and off limits. Investigators are likely into all aspects of this incident.

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Fordham, Bronx, NY – Student Killed Following Fall from Bell Tower at Fordham University

While the events that led to this tragic incident are difficult to process, it is an unfortunate fact that unsafe property accidents in New York occur all too often and commonly result in fatal injuries. At this time, we would first and foremost like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of Sydney Monfries as they attempt to cope with this devastating loss.

At Hach & Rose, we understand that there is nothing more overwhelming than the sudden loss of a loved one, and we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. While it may be terribly difficult, it is important to know that you may have substantial rights regarding compensation for your suffering, particularly when a negligent party or other entity is at fault. If you have lost a loved one in an unsafe property accident in New York, please do not hesitate to call 212-779-0057 and let us put our extensive experience to work for you today.

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