Jacob Billington, who was stabbed to death in Birmingham on Sunday, has been described by his family as “the light of our life”.
The 23-year-old died after being attacked in Irving Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.
One of his friends, also 23, was seriously injured and remains in hospital in a critical condition, said West Midlands Police (WMP).
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and seven counts of attempted murder, and remains in custody.
In a statement issued through police, Mr Billington’s family said: “Jacob was the light of our life and we have been devastated by his loss.
“He was a funny, caring and wonderful person who was loved by every single person he met.
“He lit up every room with his boundless energy and witty humour and the loss of such a special person will be felt by all who knew him for years to come.
“We ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time.”
The suspect was arrested at about 4am on Monday in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham.
Following the arrest, officers appealed for more information.
Witnesses can use WMP’s dedicated web page or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.