Godwin Nii Lawson, a 17-year-old aspiring footballer from Enfield, north London, died after he and the other two men, aged 18 and 20, were set upon by at least four men.
A post-mortem examination revealed that he died from a stab wound to the chest, Scotland Yard said.
Godwin was found by police in Amhurst Park in Hackney, east London, at around 1.50am on Saturday and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other men were taken to hospital suffering from stab wounds.
One was said to be seriously ill, though neither is thought to be in a life-threatening condition.
Detective Chief Inspector John Macdonald said the three were attacked in Amhurst Park near the junction with Durley Road and at least four male suspects made off up Durley Road.
He said: “The area would still have been quite busy at the time of the attack, so we need to speak to anyone who saw what happened.” Friends of the victim arrived at the scene on Saturday and laid flowers.
Natalie Rochester-Clarke, 17, said: “He was always so happy, always laughing.”
Her friend, 16-year-old Paula Blanco-Rubio, added: “I’ve known him for two or three years. He was like a big brother to me.”
The two girls said Godwin was a popular boy who went to a football college after leaving school. Natalie said she believed he could have been caught up in a turf war. She said: “He was from Tottenham and this is Stamford Hill.”
His friends said he was originally from Ghana but was living in north London with his parents.
The two other victims were named by Godwin’s friends as Daniel and Julian Escobar, brothers originally from Colombia.
Godwin is the fifth teenager to be murdered in London this year.
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