Leland Chapman Breaks Silence After Stepmom Beth's Memorial

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Leland Chapman Breaks Silence After Stepmom Beth's Memorial


These past few weeks haven’t been easy for all the various members of the Chapman family.

Beth was an important member of the family and losing her is undoubtedly tough.

It's been nearly one month since Beth Chapman lost her battle to cancer. Leland Chapman and his wife, Jamie Pilar Chapman, have been making the best out of a tough situation.  

In a touching post on Instagram, Jamie captioned this image:

"My little family! I couldn’t tell you how blessed I am to have each & every one of them in my life! I love them & I would die for them. They all make me so proud! This right here, this is what completes me. My heart is full because of them💕 I love you kiddos always till the end of time😘"

On Friday, July 12, Jamie revealed that everyone had come together to celebrate Beth’s life in Colorado. She captioned it: "The crew ❤️"

Now Beth's stepson Leland is paying tribute to the lost bounty hunter in his own touching Instagram post.

"I still can’t believe she’s gone. She would have been thrilled to see this. Family, friends, fans all coming together to honor her legacy. I want to say thank you to everyone for your well wishes and prayers for my family. I want to say thank you to everyone who helped put on and put together her beautiful memorial. I also want to thank my family for coming together and helping my dad and each other through this time. I know she’s proud, so thank you again from the bottom of my heart."

Baby Lyssa shared a throwback pic with the simple word “Forever ❤️” that spoke volumes.

Since Beth’s passing, Leland has been open about the loss, but made it clear that he plans to keep Beth’s memory alive by continuing the fight for justice. Leland is the son of Duane "Dog" Chapman and La Fonda Sue Honeycutt so Beth was his stepmother.

On July 10 Leland participated in his first manhunt since Beth’s death and seriously hurt himself, landing in hospital. This happened while chasing alleged fugitive Edward Morales in Adams County, Colorado. Leland tore his ACL, a family spokesperson confirmed Wednesday to AL.com, adding that the injury will require surgery.

In a candid interview with Entertainment Tonight Leland opened up. "I've already noticed the difference," he says of Beth no longer helping them hunt down people on the run. "We've only been out for one day. And you know I was thinking to myself, man, if Beth was here, she would be yelling, 'Come on, let's go already,' telling my dad, 'Shut up, you talk too much. Let's go.' You know what I mean? ... There's definitely a different aspect around."

"But you know, I think we'll pull through," he continues. "We're a strong family and it's terrible that we had to go through that, but like I said, I know our bond is strong and we work together, which makes it even stronger. And I believe that Beth ran such a tight ship and that it just became -- when you do something over and over and over again and it's just rhetorical, it just becomes natural, you know? And I think that it's already instilled in all of us, and that's why it works so well, is because of all the years of grinding on us. You know what I mean? Do this. Do that. You know? And now, you know, you got the finished product."

Watch the video below for more of the ET exclusive with Duane, including why he hasn't fulfilled his late wife's final wishes.

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