The & # 39; crushed & # 39; parents of a Fordham student who plunged into her bell tower on Sunday hurried to stand beside her before declaring themselves dead.
Sydney Monfries, 22, fell between a hole in the stairs in the clock tower in the early hours of Sunday morning. She collapsed 40ft and sustained fatal injuries on her head.
The journalism student and her friends had broken into the forbidden structure because they considered it a & # 39; rite de passage & # 39; saw as seniors and wanted to take photos for their Instagram pages, according to their peers.
Sydney uploaded a video to Snapchat, shortly before she died from the inside, subtitled as & # 39; clock tower & # 39 ;.
After she fell, she was quickly taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
Her parents, Wayne and Susan Monfries, went straight there and were with her in her last moments, according to a friend of the family.
Sydney Monfries is shown with her parents, Susan and Wayne, and her sister, Caitlyn. The student's parents hurried to be with her after she fell into a clock tower on the campus of Fordham University in the early hours of Sunday 40ft and were with her when she died in the hospital
Sydney, more recently seen, had broken into the clock tower with friends to take photos and complete what they considered a rite of passage before graduating next month.
It is unclear whether the parents, who live in Portland, Oregon, flew from there or were already on the east coast.
David Barfield, a long-term friend of the family who is now on campus with the Monfries family to help them deal with the tragedy, said she & # 39; destroyed & # 39; were by the death of Sydney.
& # 39; They are heartbroken. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to go through.
& # 39; Right now they're just trying to handle this huge loss, & he said ABC news.
He added: & # 39; Fortunately, they were able to spend her last moments with her. & # 39;
Friends of the student are still recovering from her death.
& # 39; They refuted the idea that she died trying to take photos and called her death an & # 39; freak accident & # 39 ;.
Sydney would graduate next month. The university has said it will hand out its posture posthumously.
Sydney & # 39; s mother Susan (center) described her as her best friend. They are shown above with her little sister Caitlyn
The 22-year-old lost her foot in the tower and fell through an opening in the stairs, landing 40 feet and sustaining fatal head injuries
Family friend David Barfield, who now lives in the Bronx with the student's family, said her parents were too sad to talk and that she & # 39; destroyed & # 39; have died because of her
Sydney was a journalistic student who would graduate next month. She will receive her diploma posthumously
Before she went to the clock tower, Sydney and her friends had an evening dinner at a local barbecue restaurant.
A waiter told the New York Post on Monday that he had heard them talk about going to the clock tower.
& # 39; They were like, "We are seniors, let's go!".
& # 39; She was with a group of friends. My roommate was with them.
& # 39; He told me some elderly people [wanted to go] to the tower to take some pictures and have a good time before I graduate, & he said.
Another student told the newspaper after the accident: & I heard that they only got a better view of the city.
& # 39; I think they posted on Instagram. & # 39;
The university said in a statement that it grieved Sydney and would offer counseling to students who needed it.