Sydney Monfries, a Fordham University student, has been confirmed dead after a horrific fall while attempting to take a picture for social media.
According to New York authorities, the young woman suffered a fatal fall as she and a group of friends were walking up the stairs inside the Keating Hall tower on Sunday night/early Monday morning.
22-year-old Monfries sadly tripped on a landing and fell 40 feet through an opening in the stairs, according to the police officers handling the case.
It has been revealed that Miss Monfries was planning to climb to the top to take photos of the early morning city skyline.
A senior named Anne confirmed to local media: "I heard they were just getting a better view of the city. I think they were posting on Instagram.”
In a text message sent out by Fordham President Joseph McShane, he revealed the following about the deadly incident: "It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock tower...”
Monfries, who was studying journalism with a focus on digital technology and emerging media, will get her bachelor’s degree posthumously, according to Mr. McShane.
The Palm Sunday mass that took place at the university's church also included a service for Monfries.
The university has announced that it will investigate how the students were able to access the tower.
Fordham student Patrick Burke might have some answers.
He said: “I think a large part of the reason people want to do this so badly is that the school doesn’t allow it. I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard rumors that if you’re caught going up to the tower, you’re expelled. The thrill of danger is definitely a huge allure to going up. I would say the other two reasons for going up are the amazing view of the entire campus from up there and the ability to brag about doing it.”
Do you think more prevention should be done for these kinds of photos, yes or no?