Rising second-year Nursing student Jessica Alston has passed away, according to an email sent to the University community by Dean of Students Allen Groves just after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. She was from Virginia Beach, Va. As a Nursing student, Alston was interested in working in neonatal and labor and delivery nursing. “Those who knew Jessica have said her kind, calm and reassuring manner would have made her a perfect nurse,” Groves said in the email. According to Groves, Alston joined the Nursing School due to her father’s military service and survival of the U.S.S. Cole bomb attack in Yemen in 2000. “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,” Groves said. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Holloman-Brown Funeral Home’s Colonial Grove Memorial Park located in Virginia Beach.