Rayon Pennycook, 16, was stabbed to death in a street in Corby, Northamptonshire, on May 25.
His family described him as “a wonderful son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.
They added: “Just like so many people close to Rayon, we are devastated that he has been taken from us, and every day we live with the pain and feelings of loss as Rayon was such a big part of our lives.
“He will live on in our hearts forever.”
A 17-year-old boy was charged with murder.
Four other teens – aged 15, 16 and two who are 17 – were arrested on suspicion of murder and have been bailed pending further police inquiries.