To the University Community:
It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Jessica Alston, a rising second-year student in the School of Nursing from Virginia Beach. Those who knew Jessica have said her kind, calm, and reassuring manner would have made her a perfect nurse. Jessica had decided to enter the field of nursing as a result of her father's experience serving on the U.S.S. Cole when it was attacked in 2000. She was especially interested in learning more about labor and delivery nursing and neonatal nursing.