Student dies while trying to take bell tower selfie

A university student in New York City fell to her death after climbing the campus' bell tower over the weekend, just two weeks before she was set to graduate.

Sydney Monfries, 22, was trying to take a picture of the city skyline around 3am local time on Sunday when she fell 30ft from the Keating Hall tower, the New York Post reported.

She survived the fall with injuries to the head and body but later died at St. Barnabas Hospital, police said.


"Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends — theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief," Rev. Joseph M. McShane wrote on Sunday in an email to students obtained by Fox News.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise — and mere weeks from graduation," McShane continued. "Fordham will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time."

A student named Anne told the New York Post: "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened."